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.
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 🙂
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!
Want to try for yourself? Click here: Spotplanner (works best in Chrome on your computer)
This is Stina Andersson, Head of Surveying in Ängelholm with the City Hall of Ängelholm in her hands. In a nice article in Helsingborgs Dagblad Stina is interviewed about the future of 3D maps in her municipality.
The digital model of the building can now be used during upcoming renovations, rebuilding and maintenance of the building.
– Delivering a three dimensional image to the architect will now be easy, and it will also simplify their work, Stina says in the interview.
– You get a good starting point for your discussions. The 3D perspective is much richer than the ordinary aerial perspective. Its easier to show and to understand how a new building will appear.
What the view will look like from a certain floor and how the shadows will fall are other things that are easier to see in a 3D model than a with a traditional map.
The City Hall and it’s closest surroundings is the start of the coming 3D-mapping process in Ängelholm. It’s neighbor, the city of Malmö have a physical 3D model of the entire city center.
We’re proud to have processed the 6500 images taken of the building and delivered the digital 3D model to Ängelholm and look forward to future projects.
A few weeks before Christmas, as the first snow started to fall we captured this residential house. The owners had sold it, after living there for 30 years and wanted a memory, as well as a surprise for the new owners. The house owner, an expert in BIM and VDC with many years in the construction and real estate business and curious about new technology wanted his house in his hands. He thought capturing it with drone imagery and then 3D printing the model would be a great way of trying new technology and capturing a nice memory at the same time.
We set out to photograph the house with Johan from Tikab. Johan flew with the Inspire 1 and the X5 camera. As we started, conditions were great with a slight overcast. We don’t get much daylight in December this far north and after a little while the first snow started to fall. Besides capturing images to do a 3D reconstruction of the house, Johan got som really nice images of the house with it’s owners from above.
Last week we delivered the 3D-print in the manner of Spotnik and his team, i.e. jumping out of a car and handing it over to the house owner in the street. We’re still a small start-up doing everything ourselves, including deliveries 🙂 And as we get bigger I believe we will sometimes take the time to do that. Because seeing the face of someone getting a miniature version of their home in their hands is amazing.
We’ve spent the fall secretly collecting 3D image based data of rock walls all around eastern Sweden aiming to achieve as detailed and realistic stone formations as possible. The content has been delivered to EPIC in North Carolina where a large arena have been created for the new game Paragon that will be released early 2016:
This clip provides a peek at the raw data files delivered in gigapixel resolution:
Utilizing photo based capturing techniques to populate game engines is getting more and more common in the gaming community. We are ready to deliver more complex structures like buildings and infrastructure for game engines and are in the process of adopting the content for their 3D models to fit into the gaming platforms of today.