This tutorial aims to develop a range of competencies that helps you understand and explore our platform ARSKAN SiloData.

ARSKAN SiloData - first steps

In your first steps on ARSKAN SiloData, our SaaS software, you will learn how to :

  • connect for the first time (step 1)
  • discover the platform (step 2)
  • create a silo (step 3)
  • integrate a 3D object on the platform (step 4)

In the next tutorial, we’ll take a look at the ARSKAN SiloData’s tools.

Get started with ARSKAN SiloData

I. First connection

Welcome to ARSKAN SiloData!
First, these are our registration and login forms. The 3D red elephant in front of you (our emblematic logo!) would be the first interaction you’ll have of the viewer. You can manipulate it: move it, rotate it, get closer.

The toolbar

ARSKAN SiloData - connection interface.
Fig 1: ARSKAN SiloData – connection interface.
The toolbar on your left (emphasised into bracket) includes different features.

The toolbar : in detail

The toolbar : discover the tools
These tools allow you to: visualize the mesh and the points clouds, get information about the object,
reset the original view, display your 3D model in full screen and activate the automatic rotation.

All these functionalities are visible on each project. They will guarantee an optimized visualization and exploitation of your 3D model.

Let’s go to the creation of your account. If you already have one, we invite you to go to the next paragraph.

After creating your account, an email will be sent to you to define your password. It’ll be used for all your future connections.

Your password must contain:

  • between 8 and 20 characters
  • a special character (%, #, !, :, *)
  • at least one capital letter
  • at least one number

II. First steps in the ARSKAN SILODATA trial version

You have just accessed the ARSKAN SiloData platform. You are on a trial version.

Subscription possibilities will be offered later. Stay informed of our latest news by subscribing to our newsletter.

Fig 2: ARSKAN SiloData platform
Fig 2: ARSKAN SiloData platform

Let’s focus on the information displayed on the menu: profile, FAQ, etc. (fig 3).

Fig 3: ARSKAN SiloData - Menu an profile
Fig 3: ARSKAN SiloData – Menu

Let’s get started:

1. The menu allows you to access your profile, our F.A.Q, the contact form and the logout portal. In the future, you will find there the subscription possibilities, means of payment and invoices.

Profile: personalize your profile (name, first name, phone number, photo) and change your password. From this menu, you also can determine in which language you’ll use the software (English or French).

Once the changes have been made, don’t forget to save them: click on “Save changes”.

FAQ: find the answer to any questions you may have.

Below, the main questions:

  • how to integrate ARSKAN viewer on my website?
  • what is a silo?
  • which types of files are accepted?
  • I reached the maximum upload limit in the trial version: what can I do?
  • how many users can I invite?
  • what are the differences in the user roles?
  • how integrate ARSKAN technology?

The FAQ is regularly updated, to optimize your use of SiloData. Don’t hesitate to visit it regularly, or to send us your questions via the contact form. 

Contact form: to send us a message.

You also can contact us at +33(0)4 28 29 78 48 (France).

Below, this is a glossary of technical terms, to help you understand ARSKAN SiloData terms:

The viewer is universal and plugin-free ; it allows the visualization of your 3D model. Here, this is an example of the ARSKAN MoveInside viewer:

  • A silo is a personal folder where you stock your 3D data. We will discuss its creation process in more detail in the next part of this tutorial.
  • To upload consists in downloading a file from your computer to an external device. This is the action of uploading a 3D files into a silo.
  • The mesh is the shape of your 3D model, makes with vertices, edges and faces, which are organized in polygons. The mesh forms a wire. It’s the structure of your 3D data. 
  • The texture is a sheet that acts like a skin lying on the surface of your mesh. It goes on the 3D model to provide details, representing a color, a material (marble, wood, etc.) or a photo from reality.
  • The .OBJ is the most common 3D file format. It’s accessible in the “save as” section.
  • The zipped .OBJ is a compressed .OBJ, under the .ZIP format. This format is universal, which allows you to compress text, photos, and among other things, texture and materials. 
  • The .P3DW is the ARSKAN proprietary format, resulting from the progressive compression/decompression of 3D files. 

2. “All my silos(fig 4): a quick visual of all the silos you have created. As you are still discovering the trial version, you see only one silo: the silo-demo.

Fig 4: ARSKAN SiloData - all my silos tab
Fig 4: ARSKAN SiloData – all my silos tab

3. The silo-demo gives you access to ARSKAN 3D objects. The goal is to let you test the platform’s functionalities, before trying with your own models.

The interactive pointers allow you to integrate any type of information, such as text, PDF, photos, hypertext links (HTML). They can be connected to any database (CMMS, IoT, AI).

On this object, you can see numbered circles: they are "interactive pointers".
On this object, you can see numbered circles: they are “interactive pointers”.

Interactive pointers : let’s continue

Fig 6: Impeller – pointeur n°1
Fig 6: Impeller – pointeur n°1

The pointer n°1 (fig 6) gives information about the object. It can be positioned and/or moved to a strategic position on the 3D model, to reveal crucial information about the object.

Fig 7: Impeller – pointer n°2

In the second pointer (fig 7), a photo has been indexed. We have the possibility to add information in a different format.  

Fig 8: Impeller – pointeur n°3
Fig 8: Impeller – pointeur n°3

Finally, this last pointer (fig 8) includes a web page link (Wikipedia associated with the impeller): it’s possible to read it entirely, from the viewer.

We let you explore the other objects, to discover more. The viewers are intuitive ; the interest is to grasp the importance of each tool.
In our next tutorials, we’ll see step by step travel mode and how to manage these tools.

For your information, most of the objects presented in this silo-demo allow you to test the travel mode. Once you have learned how works the movement mechanism, they will seem more fluid.

  1. The blue headband (fig 9) is a reminder of where you are: on the trial version of ARSKAN SiloData.
Fig 9: ARSKAN SiloData: the blue headband gives you relevant messages, and would be regularly updated.

It’s a reminder of your possibilities with the trial version. Currently, you can upload up to 9 objects, into 3 silos, each with a maximum size of 100 MB zipped.

It also sends you back to useful links, which we have already see together.
To make it disappear until the next alert, simply check the “Do not show again” box. If you want to see it again, you check the “Show help” box (in the “My profile” menu).

III. CREATE A SILO


This step is essential before uploading your first object.

The silo is like a folder on your computer. In the trial version, you can create up to 3 silos. Use them, for example, to classify your 3D content.

Let’s start creating a silo :

The first step is to click on “Create a new silo”.
Then, enter the information about your silo: title and description. Don’t forget to save.
Your new silo now appears in the “HOME” menu.
You have created and saved your silo: you now can insert objects into it.

Fig 10: TUTO – create a silo

IV. Integrate a 3D object into the platform

In this step, you’ll learn how to upload your first 3D object.

Integrated your objects into your personal silo.
Before starting, open the silo you have just created.

Please note that you cannot insert an object in the silo-demo, because it is public. The ARSKAN SiloData platform is for a professional use. You determine how you want to share your data.

  • The first step is to click on “Add an object to your silo”.
  • Then, enter the information about your object: title and description. Click on ” save “. 
  • Once uploaded, your new object will now appear in your silo. 
Fig 11: TUTO – object upload

To add a thumbnail to your object, go to the viewer. As shown below (fig 12), you just have to go to the ” Edit ” tab, then position your model according to the desired angle. Satisfied with the result? Click on the ” camera ” pictogram. Your visual will be saved, and the angle will be visible from your silo.

Fig 12: Add a thumbnail

It is possible that when uploading some of your objects, an error message will be displayed. In this case, you may have encountered a problem with the format.

ARSKAN SiloData can integrate the following formats:

  • .OBJ or .OBJ zipped format.
  • .GLTF or .GLTF zipped
  • P3DW

If the error message does not come from the format, it’s possible that your zip file included another one: in this case, you must extract the additional zip, and insert it separately.

Finally, it’s also possible that the 3D object is bigger than 100 MB: in this case, an error message will be displayed to inform you that the upload limit of the trial version is reached. To solve this problem, please contact us. 

If you don’t have any error message, that means that your object has been successfully uploaded and is available. You can now visualize, manage and share it! 

You now have all the information you need to use ARSKAN SiloData, create a silo and upload objects into it.

Our next tutorial will help you learn more about travel mode, role management and sharing options.

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