Great Wall of China 3D Modelling Project

Acute3D's Smart3DCapture solution has been chosen for the 3D automatic reconstruction part of the 'Great Wall of China in 3D' modelling project. The project was officially launched on 16 September 2014. It will be supervised by China's Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritage and part-funded by UNESCO. The goal of this project is to protect, document and promote the Great Wall of China to the world. To this end, 3 years will be dedicated to create the whole 6,000km length of the Great Wall of China and its surroundings in 3D, in high resolution. The Smart3DCapture will... (read more)
2014-09-22 03:31:59

World Bank and RMSI Partner in Geospatial Risk Modelling

Natural disasters such as a hurricane in Florida have less short and long-term effect on local population and regional economies when compared to a similar disaster in Asia. The World Bank recognised this fact, with the root cause being a frequent lack of catastrophic insurance, compounded by post-disaster funding. For this reason, the World Bank selected RMSI (CA, USA) to conduct a critical pilot study of the situation. RMSI, a global IT services company, has successfully completed all phases of this pilot catastrophe risk assessment study on behalf of the World Bank. Involved were four Indian states with a history... (read more)
2005-06-28 12:00:00

Integrated Mapping and Modelling Solution for Manned Aircraft

WaldoAir, USA, and Pix4D, Switzerland, have announced the launch of an integrated camera system for use on single-engine aircrafts bundled with aerial image-processing software. This complete system offers the manned aircraft industry the same technological advantages of fast and cost-effective mapping and modelling that the UAV industry has been introducing over the last two years. While UAVs are becoming more and more popular for creating aerial maps and 3D models, their flying range often is limited to sites of up to a few square kilometres. Manned aircraft on the contrary have the reach to cover large areas and have a... (read more)
2014-03-21 03:05:17

Third Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation

On 23 November 2015, the 3rd Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation (UDMV 2015) will be held in the city of Delft, The Netherlands. The objective of the workshop is to discuss the modelling and visualisation of the city at various temporal and spatial scales. The event is aimed at sharing associated techniques, methods, uses and points of view. Managing and understanding urban data is a major issue as there are several different kinds of data at different scales. Urban data not only covers the geometry of the city model, but also data related to human activities (e.g. social data,... (read more)
2015-05-22 09:37:18

SimActive Launches Version 8.0 with 3D Modelling

SimActive, one of the leading developers of photogrammetry software, has announced the release of version 8.0 with a new 3D modelling module for Correlator3D. The module allows the generation of 3D textured meshes to create photorealistic models, which can be exported in standard formats including as OBJ files. Adding a 3D modelling function addresses an increasing need in the industry and is the natural progression of the software workflow, according to Louis Simard, CTO of SimActive. The module implements a new capability to bolster the same software at no additional costs for users, ingrained with the principles of simple, fast... (read more)
2018-10-13 11:10:19

Large-format Mapping and Modelling Solution for Manned Aircraft

WaldoAir, TN, USA, has announced the launch of an integrated, large-format, low-cost camera system for use on single-engine aircraft bundled with a new edition of Pix4D’s image processing software that treats multi-camera systems. This complete system offers the manned aircraft industry the same image capture capabilities that until now could only be realised by legacy, large-format sensors and dedicated aircraft platforms. Meanwhile, investment and operational costs are now much lower. Choosing between traditional photogrammetry and using UAVs for creating aerial maps and 3D models must trade off sensor capabilities with client needs for area coverage, resolution and budget. While UAVs... (read more)
2014-09-30 09:22:27

Esri CityEngine 2013 Brings Powerful Modelling to 3D Applications

Esri has released CityEngine 2013, the latest version of its 3D urban design software. A new software developer kit (SDK) enables CityEngine procedural modelling technology to be used in popular 3D software such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max and SketchUp. With CityEngine, Esri aims to improve urban planning, architecture and the modelling of urban environments, helping professionals make quality decisions while saving time and money. CityEngine 2013 brings powerful procedural modelling technology in users' favourite applications such as Autodesk Maya, said Pascal Müller, director of Esri R&D Center in Zürich, Switzerland. He said at Esri they are excited about enabling... (read more)
2013-12-17 04:03:35

High-precision 3D Modelling of Historic Monument in Switzerland

Pix4D has created a highly accurate and very dense 3D model of Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon), Switzerland’s most visited historic monument. The 3D point cloud integrates the indoor and outdoor structures of this highly complex architectural object with a resolution of up to 5mm. It is based on both aerial and terrestrial images captured using DJI Phantom 2 Vision, GoPro Hero 3+, Canon 6D and Sony alpha 7r cameras with fisheye lenses. Chillon Castle is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva, next to the city of Montreux. It is a highly interesting structure for photogrammetry... (read more)
2014-06-25 11:01:06

New Partnership to Accelerate Growth of Indoor 3D Modelling

Flyability and Pix4D recently announced a partnership agreement to offer bundled Flyability and Pix4D products. The bundle will be sold in the form of a photogrammetry add-on that can be purchased on top of Elios 2 drone packages. This offer is meant to facilitate access to a coherent and complete product offering for those who want to tackle indoor 3D modelling using photogrammetry. Flyability is a Swiss company building solutions for the inspection and exploration of indoor, inaccessible and confined spaces. By allowing drones to be used safely inside buildings, it enables industrial companies and inspection professionals to reduce downtime,... (read more)
2020-02-07 03:33:25

3D Modelling for Property Valuation in China

A High-resolution Remote Sensing-based Approach
Rapid urban development in China has transformed the cityscapes, with a dramatic increase in high-rise buildings. However, the current 2D property valuation methods neglect the vertical dimension, even though that aspect contains significant indicators that impact property value – such as types of views, scope of vision and daylight. 3D modelling of geographical data can help to change this in high-rise and high-density areas, going beyond 2D to enable identification of complex property characteristics in the vertical dimension too. This article presents research to explore a 3D modelling approach using remote sensing data for more precise property valuation. The accelerating... (read more)
2019-09-26 10:00:54
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