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Cooking on the Spotscale cloud right now is a large 3D model of central Norrköping, our neighboring town. With 150 000 images processed we’ll get an extremely detailed model that can be viewed from alla angles, from street to rooftops. An 285 000 m2 urban scene that can be experiences in VR, on surface table or in a computer game. Walk on the streets or fly through.

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The model will be available for companies within the Visual Sweden project for various simulations and visualizations.

Get ideas? Get in touch!

 

The road ahead

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For the last three years we have been capturing buildings and turned them into 3D models. We’ve captured old buildings, glossy buildings, ruined buildings, ancient factories, power dams and more. 

During this time we  have played around with different cameras and other sensors as well as drones and long sticks to carry them. We have gained a lot of knowledge about capturing techniques and hardware as well as what end users would like to do with with high resolution 3D models and how they would like them delivered.

We have worked on smart algorithms to turn imagery of buildings into beautiful 3D models and end user applications to turn the 3D model into instant use in the hands of architects and real estate developers. Our current work on the 3D models is about decoding them so that we know what are roofs, window, walls etc and can deliver intelligent models to our end users.

When we started out there were really not that many drone operators around. And definitely not many that flew up close on buildings and in cities. We found our pilots in the 3D Aerobatics community and started our journey.

Today we see new drone operators popping up every week and construction companies and surveyors have their own fleets. For us this means the timing is right to start offering our algorithms and tools to drone professionals out there so that they can deliver the same values to their customers that we have been doing.

Our 3D cloud service is now released in beta and is currently being tested by drone pilts in 4 countries.  We’re looking forward to adjust to their needs and release to everyone. Stay tuned!

Make it flat

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This is a 3D model. Looks pretty neat! For most people that’s perfectly fine, but underneath that good-looking texture hides an oddity that Spotscale just weren’t comfortable ignoring. Have a look what happens when we add some lighting to the model.

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Doesn’t look so sleek as you’d want it? That was the general sentiment at Spotscale when Mikael came in as a master thesis worker last autumn. He took on the task, starting by thoroughly surveying recent research related to improving 3D models.

About six months later, he had designed a processing pipeline that were able to detect planar regions in a model and improve the visual quality of them. The size in bytes can also be heavily reduced. Have a look at the result afterwards.

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How was this done? Mikael could give you a long explanation involving all the math and graph optimization if you’d ask, but we’ll settle with saying that there’s some inventive logics going on in the background.

How much is it?

We get this question once in a while and since we don’t have a price list up on our web site just yet, we’ll try to give you an idea here.

We are working on getting our processing software out there, on the cloud, for all of you to use. In the meantime we are happy to deliver the best 3D buildings you can get!

Residential house € 2 000 – 4 000

Large building/castle € 3 000 – 6 000

City block/square € 6 000 –  10 000

This is the price range for capturing images with a drone + camera + ground equipment, processing the images into 3D and have them delivered in the format you choose and access to our tools,  Spotplanner (web) and HD viewer (PC).

Send us the address and we’ll give you a fixed quote for your spot!

If you are a drone operator with recurring projects where you deliver buildings in 3D and want to use our processing service and tools, contact us directly. We are working with a selected number of drone operators as we develop our software as a service.

Mipim

Last week we spent three days in south of France getting to know the European real estate market and spreading the word about high resolution, digital, 3D models using reality capture and drones. As if meeting with hundreds of real estate developers, architects and city planners wasn’t enough the place was full of city models and miniature buildings. Can’t get much better 🙂

 

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See you there?

Want to meet with us? Here are a few places we’ll be visiting this spring:

March 14-17 we’ll be in Cannes visiting MIPIM. We won’t be exhibiting but we’re happy to meet with you, inbox Katarina or Ludvig.

April 7-8  we’ll be in the reception of  Nordbygg at Stockholmsmässan, come by and say hi to Mikael and Ludvig and join a fun contest!

April 20th we’ll be talking about 3D-printing at 3DP Build in Stockholm

April 28th you can listen to Katarina speak about 3D-mapping and VR at Kartdagarna in Gävle

May 19th you can listen to Katarina speak about 3D-mapping at SKMF in Visby 

May 24-25th we’re exhibiting at Geo Business in London, meet with Katarina and Mikael in booth A4

May 26 STING Day in Stockholm

June 26th – July 1st we’re exhibiting at CVPR in Las Vegas, come and say hi to Ludvig, Mikael and Martin!

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Spotplanner

Viktor Davidov a BIM/VDC specialist at NCC Construction, and also a certified drone pilot, had an idea about bringing a 3D model of the property their customer was about to develop to the project meeting table. He captured the existing buildings on the property with a DJI Inspire 1 and the X3 camera.

At Spotscale we  processed the images into a 3D model and delivered it with our planning application Spotplanner. It’s a great way to make use of your 3D model. With Spotplanner the different stakeholders of a project, such as the real estate owner, the architect and the project manager can bulldoze old buildings down and sketch new ones in a simple way. It’s not replacing the work of an architect but rather serve as a tool for early discussions in the planning stage of a project.

We’re very happy to be working with skilled drone operators and help them deliver great 3D experiences to their customers!

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Want to try for yourself? Click here: Spotplanner (works best in Chrome on your computer)