Inspection Data & Display (IDD) Module

Created by Nicholas Czarnick, Modified on Fri, 22 Dec 2023 at 06:00 PM by Nicholas Czarnick

Inspection data is an analytic image that describes the scene from a certain topic (e.g. Rust, Heat, etc.). This new module will allow you to import 360° panoramic images colored with the result of an analysis like Rust or Thermal done in another tool/software/platform.

Example of imported inspection data:


Getting Inspection Data in the Cintoo Platform requires a 3-step process:

Step 1 – Get the source panoramic images and point cloud to run the analysis. You can get this data from the Cintoo Platform, or you can use the source data if available.

Step 2 – Run the analysis on the partner software or platform and generate the panoramic images that display the result of the analysis.

Step 3 – Upload the modified panoramic images in Cintoo and use the IDD Module tools to see the results.

Step 1:

You will need to retrieve the ‘scan_id’ and also have the panoramic image file name associated with it.

You can use the original (source) HD panoramic images, or you can download the ones uploaded in Cintoo (JPG files).

This information can easily be retrieved by downloading the panoramic images from the scans in your Cintoo project, and an automatically formatted CSV file will also be included to be used by the third-party analysis software. Refer to this article: Download Panos

You can also retrieve the 'scan_id' information using the Cintoo API. See API documentation here: Cintoo API - List Files

Step 2:

The details for this step are not included in this documentation. Please check with the third-party analysis software platform being used to run the analysis.

Step 3: 

Once the analysis has been performed using the point cloud and/or the images, you must get the resulting updated images that have been colored with the inspection result. Those images may be renamed to avoid confusion or unwanted overwriting (e.g. appending an extra acronym to the original file name image001.jpg, such as analysis result file name image001_rst1.jpg).

Update the CSV file for importing the Inspection data. Your CSV file must have the following columns (separated by a comma “,”):

  • filename
  • x
  • y
  • z
  • qx
  • qy
  • qz
  • qw
  • scan_id: Unique identifier for the scan to which the inspection data is attached.
  • idd_type: A label to describe the nature of inspection data imported.


Update the file name with the analysis jpeg file name, and add the ‘idd_type’ (the name that will appear in the IDD drop down list).

For 'idd_type':

  • As you can have several inspections (different types and/or at different dates), we recommend that you have an IDD naming convention policy.
  • For example, using a Trigram for the inspection type (e.g. RST for Rust Analysis, THL for Thermal Analysis, etc.), followed by an underscore and then by the date (date format must always be the same, such as YYMMDD).
  • Sample 'idd_type' value: RST_231220  = "Rust analysis from 20 December 2023."

Once your CSV file is updated, it must be saved in the same folder directory as the image files.

The import of inspection data is similar to the import of 360° panoramic images using Cintoo Connect:

1. Make sure you are using the latest version of Cintoo Connect (see this article: Installing Cintoo Connect)

2. From the project DATA tab, click "Upload 360 Image" from the drop-down menu:


3. Cintoo Connect will open. From the Terrestrial Laser Scanner tab, click "Select Input Files":

4. Navigate to the CSV file with inspection data and click "Open":

5. Click "Import" to begin the upload process:

Displaying your Inspection Data:

In the Cintoo project and Work Zone where you uploaded the inspection data, switch to 3D VIEW:

Make sure you are in "Scan Mode" and the Display Setting Mode is set to "2D Panoramic":

In the navigation bar, click the "Inspection Data" button, indicated by the “layer” icon:


A list of topics will appear. 

  • “None” is the default 2D Panoramic image. 

  • Click on the targeted inspection data.

The image with inspection data is then displayed:


  • If ‘idd_type’ is empty for all lines in the CSV, Cintoo Connect imports the images as 360° images, regardless if ‘scan_id’ is defined or not, for all or some lines.

  • Cintoo Connect rejects the CSV file as ‘invalid’ and imports nothing if: 
    • ‘idd_type’ is defined but not ‘scan_id’ for at least one line
    • Some lines have defined ‘idd_type’ but not others.

  • Original pano images (without IDD) and IDD information can't be uploaded to Cintoo in the same import batch.



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