Importing Point Cloud into Recap

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Part of putting your drone to work is having the right data for analysis. DroneDeploy allows you to export your data quickly from cloud to your desktop for integration with third-party software.

This guide covers how to import into Autodesk Recap the point cloud exported from DroneDeploy to generate the RCP file that is compatible with AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Revit.

Export Data from DroneDeploy

Select the map you wish to export from the DroneDeploy dashboard and follow the steps described in our Exporting Your Data guide for a full walkthrough the export process.

For this guide, we have downloaded the LAS point cloud, but please note that the same steps work for the XYZ point cloud.

Data Export Formats
Please visit our [Data Export Formats]( support documentation to check the file formats that are available to export on your DroneDeploy subscription.

Importing data into Recap

Once you have your data saved to your computer and extracted from the zipped file, proceed to open Autodesk Recap.

  1. Click on New project
  1. Select Import point cloud
  1. Name the file and select the output location. Confirm by selecting Proceed.
  1. Click on Select files to import to open the LAS file downloaded from DroneDeploy.
  1. Once it has been selected and opened, confirm by clicking on Import files.
  1. Click Index scans to start the transformation.
  1. Once the indexing is complete, click Launch project to open the RCP (.rcp) file.

Now that you have the RCP file, you can use it to import this point cloud format into AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Revit for further analyzing and data sharing with your stakeholders.

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