It was one of my expectations when attending conference from Baltimore in May to see what Bentley offers for 3D images.
Using 3D images in Microstation
It was a presentation by RIEGL USA, a company dedicated to providing laser capture and processing services, RIEGL was born in Austria but has coverage in several countries including the United States. Although their website has nothing regarding the applications developed for this purpose, in the exhibition they showed an interesting functionality importing a point cloud directly from Ri Scan Pro to Microstation ... with some buttons to customize the display.
Ted Knaak, its president was the one who made the demonstration, unfortunately there is no information online ... so the best thing is contact them directly.
The other scheduled show that apparently other "emerging acquisitions" were going to show didn't happen… so there's not much to show possibly. For now Terrascan, Cloudworx, Cyclone and others like it are still alternatives, nothing from Microstation.
The future of "emerging"
When Bentley does not have specialized tools on a subject, it presents some private companies that work on solutions and these are often called "emerging". Not bad, Bentley does very well to give opportunities to partners who develop complementary applications such as Axiom.
But I also remember 4 years ago that Bentley considered Corporate Montage "emerging", which did what the pre-XM versions could not; nice maps. So Corporate Montage extended very good functionalities to generate layouts with very good characteristics such as transparencies, shadows, photorealistic materials and printing templates.
As of XM, Bentley acquired the products of its "popup" and now it is called CAD Scripts and Map Scripts. So we should see what happens with some of the developments of RIEGL within 4 years.
For now ... there is nothing in Bentley for LIDAR images, just contact your pop-up and wait for Microstation Athens, which is expected to be released later this year.