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.
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.
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.