Datasight was founded by experienced surveying, engineering, hydrologic, geologic, and geospatial professionals with extensive experience in these fields. We developed Breakline Builder as an in-house response for a better solution to breakline creation. We’ve evolved that solution into a SaaS product called Breakline Builder that can be used by anyone who wants to create surfaces faster, tighter, with more consistency and affordability. Breakline Builder is as simple as uploading a ground-classified point cloud (LAS or LAZ) and a bounding polygon (SHP or DXF) to define your area of interest. The data processing is all automatic, with a downloadable ZIP file with breaklines available usually within a few hours. It’s that simple.
The breaklines we collect come from, and are precisely matched to, the ground classified layer within the LAZ file. Datasight is not collecting feature lines. What this means, is that we do not look for features, like “edge of pavement” or “top of slope” and collect breaklines at those locations. If there happens to be a break in the grade between the edge of pavement and the shoulder grade, it will be defined as a breakline. Feature lines don’t always create grade breaks and are extraneous data in a DTM. Most grade breaks are not feature lines, so they go unnoticed by humans collecting breaklines because they aren’t easily identified. Breakline Builder was designed to seek out every defining facet of the terrain and create breaklines to define those facets. The result is a surface with very smooth, organic looking contours, that is also a very accurate model of the terrain.