Point Cloud Importers
Import small point cloud files in *.pts, *.xyz, *.svy, *.txt format
Point Cloud imported into SketchUp
  • Point Cloud imported into SketchUp
Point Cloud Importers

A series of SketchUp Importers for importing small point cloud files (< 1GB) in *.pts, *.xyz, *.svy, and *.txt formats.  Point coordinates are imported as a group of SketchUp construction points which can then be used to assist with the modeling process.


This extension adds the following functionality to the Import menu:

Text - PTS Format (*.pts)

Text - SURVEY Format (*.svy)

Text - TXT Format (*.txt)

Text - XYZ Format (*.xyz)


Import Options include:

- Import Units

- Decimation

- Set Point Color

- PTS File Structure (xyziRGB | xyzi)



Point cloud files can be extremely large, often well over 1GB, and can contain millions or billions of points.  This extension is not capable of processing such large data sets.  The extension supports import of up to 1,000,000 points, and file sizes must be less than 1GB.  Import times vary depending on the point count, however, 200,000 points can usually be imported within 10 minutes.



It is recommended that imported point clouds contain < 100,000 points to ensure reasonable import times and minimal impact on model performance.

For increased productivity, the Importers can be used in conjunction with other point cloud software that will allow users to 'break up' larger, more complex datasets into smaller and more manageable pieces.

Working with smaller, decimated point cloud fragments in SketchUp helps to maintain overall model performance and also allows the modeller to focus on the development of one particular component or element at a time.



Max allowable file size: 1GB

Max allowable imported points: 1,000,000

Recommended max imported points: 100,000

Point cloud intensity values: NOT SUPPORTED

Point cloud RGB color values: NOT SUPPORTED


Zhexiong S.'s picture

Hi, I export the point cloud from recap and import to Sketchup. Looks like the color information is lost (All point cloud shown in red) and the point cloud shape is arbitrary. Any comment is appreciate.

Hi Zhexiong - As noted under Extension Limitations above, RGB color values are not supported. All points are imported as Sketchup construction points and are therefore colored based on the user-specified 'guides' color under the Edit tab of the Styles menu. PTS files containing RGB values (in XYZiRGB format) can be imported, however the intensity value and RGB color values are ignored as there is no way to apply individual colors to construction points using the Sketchup API.

Zhexiong S.'s picture

I believe so. Also just looked at my data and find there is no intensity value (only XYZRGB) since the import model is generated with images.

Zhexiong - this would explain why your points are importing in 'arbitrary' locations. See "Extensions > Point Cloud Importers > File Structure Requirements..." for examples of importable data structures. If you send me a very small sample file (< 10MB) in the format that you are trying to import, I will try to build into the next release of the plugin. Also curious to know what software you are using to generate the XYZRGB data. Thanks,

Zhexiong S.'s picture

Actually the initial point cloud is ply format. I transferred it with CloudCompare to generate pts file, it contains XYZ RGB and three normals. Then I put it in Recap and export with only XYZ RGB.

I have send the point cloud to your gmail. Thanks

Zhexiong S.'s picture

I get the file from my classmate and I believe he use photoscan to generate the model


Q: How can I use Point Cloud Importers to work with larger datasets?
A: Try using this workflow...

1. Import (index) your large point cloud dataset into Autodesk ReCap
NOTE: You may consider 'Decimating' your point cloud upon import in order to reduce the overall point count / file size
- The data will be converted into *.rcp format

2. Using ReCap
- Clean up and 'Delete' any extraneous data or noise
- Create small 'Scan Regions' of each area or component that you wish to model in SketchUp (ie: a small set of windows, doors, walls, roofs, etc.)
- Once you have created all of your 'Scan Regions', turn off visibility of all scan regions except for the one that you would like to import into SketchUp
- 'Export' the scan region to *.pts format

3. Using SketchUp and Point Cloud Importers
- Import *.pts file of scan region
- Use 'Decimation' settings under Import Options if necessary due to point count or file size
NOTE: So long as you do not move the imported point cloud within SketchUp, each region will be imported into the same coordinate system
- Once modeling of a particular scan region is complete, you can either:
> Delete the group of points
> Copy/Paste In Place the group of points into another SketchUp file for later use (this avoids having to re-import)
> Assign the group of points to a separate layer so that you can control visibility, thereby maintaining model performance

NOTE: As long as points are not moved after import, they can easily be transferred into separate SketchUp *.skp files using 'Copy' and 'Paste In Place'. This can be very useful when trying to break up/organize/manage larger datasets.

Although this may seem like a round about way of working with large point clouds, it can actually help with the modeling process as it allows the modeler to disregard extraneous data and to focus on the development of one small area or component at a time.

YouTube links for Point Cloud Importers:


The links provided above demonstrate how larger files with point counts exceeding 1,000,000 points can be quickly imported using the auto decimation options.

Ryan G.'s picture

Is there a way to test this before we buy it? Thanks

Trevor B's picture

Has this product been enabled? Is it available for the public use?

Fabio H's picture

Same here. Would like to try it, but it appears as unlicensed...

How do I get started? When I start SketchUp it says point cloud not licensed - I would like to try this. Please let me know how to try this - Thanks Ryan

Hi Ryan - Thank you for your interest. I hope to have the licensing set up and in order by the end of this week.

Any luck yet? Would love for this to become licenced and available.

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Point Cloud Importers (2.0.0); March 19, 2017
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