Our friend and adventurer Sam Cossman put an expedition together with GE to make the worlds first connected volcano. A team of volcanologists, filmmakers, drone operators and other experts spent several weeks this summer connecting IoT sensors to the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua. The Masaya Volcano is an active volcano with a boiling lava lake threatening the nearby town of Masaya. The goal with mounting IoT-sensors and monitoring the volcano in real time is to predict eruptions as well as to spread information and experiences of a live volcano. At Spotscale we were happy to help out with 3D reconstruction of the volcano from the safety of our office in Linköping, quite excited when we got footage like this sent to us:-) The 3D-model will be part of interactive experiences of the volcano. Stay tuned!
Images: Radley Angelo
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.
The model will be available for companies within the Visual Sweden project for various simulations and visualizations.
Get ideas? Get in touch!
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!
A few month back we announced a competition where you could win the building of your choice in 3D. The winners where very happy when they received their 3D printed home last week. Since they are also about to rebuild their home their architect got a digital model of the house and the garden for designing purposes.
This is the way to make use of a 3D model when planning for solar panels on the roof of your building.
The demo is made by our friends at SkyMaker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
Meet our newest team member Mikael! Mikael is doing magic with flat surfaces, like roofs and walls. Stay tuned for a blog post on that topic.