3D Modelling of Fez

A Model from Aerial/Terrestrial Imagery and Topographic Maps
The ancient imperial city of Fez, Morocco, is an important tourist attraction and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. The layout of the city is complex, which presents challenges in terms of 3D modelling. Here, the authors discuss a pilot aimed at creating a 3D model of Fez using topographic maps and aerial and terrestrial imagery. Overlapping 1:4,000 aerial images were used to create a digital surface model (DSM) and orthoimages. Orthoimages and topographic maps were used to manually delineate the footprints of buildings, roads, rivers and suchlike. Terrestrial imagery of single buildings from multiple... (read more)
2015-03-31 09:34:33

3D Modelling of Castles

Integrating Techniques for Detail and Photo-realism
Three-dimensional documentation of heritage buildings is important for conservation, restoration and education. When it comes to complex architectural structures such as castles, no single modelling technique is capable of yielding cost-effective, highly detailed and accurate photo-realism. The authors demonstrate how integration of multiple techniques brings resolution.<P> Castles are unique and fascinating structures of complex architecture the style of which has evolved over centuries. Three-dimensional modelling aims at capturing all geometrical detail, both exterior and interior, and representing these features with high-resolution triangular meshes for accurate documentation and photo-realistic visualisation. Modelling complex and large-scale architecture requires the integration of multiple techniques,... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

Data Modelling for Water Management

UML for Better Communication among Stakeholders
In 2004 the government agency responsible for water management in The Netherlands began a project to create an integrated geo-database for holding all geo-information on water-related objects. The set-up of the geo-database had to be sufficiently flexible for use at different management levels and geo-data had to be accessible using Web services. UML has played an important role in the project: it helps discussions, forcing designers and end-users to be specific. Because of its geographic location in a low-lying delta, water management is of prime import-ance for The Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, is... (read more)
2006-05-22 12:00:00

Mapping and 3D Modelling in Medina

The city of Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is realising base maps and 3D modelling. In order to provide the necessary services, Blom CGR, the Italian subsidiary of Blom ASA, has partnered with Unicom from Saudi Arabia to secure this contract with the Development Commission of Medina (DCOM).     Blom's capture technologies will produce accurate and high-resolution data; the deliverables consist of Lidar, aerial photo and BlomOBLIQUE. Blom's data will form a unique geospatial base in DCOMs sophisticated database sharing service, providing an encompassing solution.   Blom's share of the contract is NOK8 million. The contract will... (read more)
2012-02-14 09:50:54

Enhancing Spatial Modelling and Precision Analysis

SuperGIS Spatial Analyst 3 is a spatial processing tool working with SuperGIS Desktop 3.1 to complete advanced spatial analyses and tasks. Designed for deriving information from geo-applications, it provides users with various analysis methods such as geographic attributes and geometry relationship.   To enhance the operating performance and the precision of data analysis, Spatial Analyst 3 adopts the new development engine and whole new algorithms, giving users more flexibility and capability to accomplish analysis tasks. This extension tool also includes innovative built-in spatial models, such as distance analysis, interpolation analysis, generalisation analysis, and local analysis.   With Spatial Analyst 3,... (read more)
2011-12-26 12:00:00

Modelling Prague Castle with a UAS

Capturing a Highly Secured Site from the Air
In a recent project to obtain detailed and accurate orthoimages and 3D models to support technical staff in maintaining Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, the site was captured by UAS photogrammetry. Videos and georeferenced panoramic images were also taken as a service to documentalists and to provide the basis for virtual tours for tourists. Prague Castle and its surroundings are heavily secured sites and special permission was required to conduct the air survey. Learn more about this unique project here. By Jakub Karas, Upvision, Czech Republic From the 9th century onwards Prague Castle, located on the banks of the River... (read more)
2016-04-25 04:31:17

OGC Supports European Data Modelling Workshop

The Open Geospatial Consortium will join EUROSDR, AGILE, JRC and ELF in presenting an important technical workshop focused on the geospatial elements of data models. The workshop will be held from 28 January (noon) to 30 January (noon) 2015 at the Danish Geodata Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark. National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and other spatial data infrastructure (SDI) content providers are facing increasing demand for making well documented data in known data models available as standardised web-services. National e-government initiatives require spatial data to be modelled seamlessly with non-spatial data. INSPIRE puts requirements on GML application schemas and web service standards,... (read more)
2014-11-20 11:40:42

Investigation of 3D Modelling Techniques

3D Modelling and Web-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage Objects
The rapid developments in the fields of photogrammetry, laser scanning, computer vision and robotics provide highly accurate 3D data. 3D models that can be created from such types of data are extremely effective and intuitive for present-day users who have stringent requirements and high expectations. Depending on the complexity of the objects for the specific case, various technological methods can be applied. Read on for a comparison of three technologies, based on real projects, including an assessment of their suitability for web-based visualisation of numerous objects of interest. 3D visualisation and proper documentation of cultural objects helps to preserve the history... (read more)
2017-01-26 12:50:38

Time-space Modelling with Terrestrial Lidar

Monitoring Ice Cliff Evolution of the Miage Glacier, Italy, with ILRIS-3D
The Miage Glacier at Mont Blanc Massif, with an area totalling 11km2, is the third largest glacier in Italy. Time-space modelling of the lakebed and glacier walls carried out with terrestrial Lidar revealed that the ice cliff had retreated more than 45m between July 2003 and September 2004. The Miage Lake area, which has been a tourist attraction and object of study for decades, has been affected by at least seventeen drainage events over the past hundred years, the most recent just last year. Observations during this last event suggest that an increased discharge of water from the lake, resulting... (read more)
2005-11-28 12:00:00

3D Modelling of Shukhov Tower

Using Laser Scanning to Model a Russian Radio Tower
The 90-year-old Shukhov Tower in Moscow, Russia, is not only in a state of severe disrepair but the 150m-high steel construction is also under-documented. To support restoration initiatives or, in case of unexpected collapse, to enable the tower to be observed virtually, the authors carried out ground-based laser scanning using seven scan positions to create a detailed 3D model. Built in the period from 1919 to 1922, the radio tower at Shabolovka is an icon of Soviet broadcasting and a world-renowned monument of Russian avant-garde architecture. Today it is called Shukhov Tower after its designer V.G. Shukhov (1853-1939), an outstanding... (read more)
2014-07-25 09:57:37
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