NCC in the Cloud

We are very proud to have signed a strategic agreement with NCC, Sweden’s third largest construction company. NCC have had drone operations within the company for the last 4 years, starting out with building their own UAV platform from scratch. Today they have 20 certified pilots within the organization that serve the projects with easy access to volumetric studies, traditional ortho photos, point clouds and 3D maps. The latest addition in their services is high resolution 3D models of buildings from Spotscale and the Spotplanner application for real estate projects.

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After a few hours of flying and processing on the Spotscale cloud, NCC’s UAV pilots can serve real estate developers with the data they need and an easy, visual tool for project meetings.

Architects and designers can use the 3D model on their format of choice. Spotplanner can then be used again to make the new 3D-design combined with the original 3D-model easy accessed for all stake holders over the web.

At Spotscale we strive to make the best 3D reconstruction service possible. With the Spotscale Cloud we’ll make our processing available to UAV operations around the world. We will keep refining the service with functionality of relevance to professionals in real estate development, real estate construction and real estate maintenance. And we want to be the go-to-choice for photogrammetry services and web tools when it comes to buildings in 3D.

Tech for Good

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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!

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Images: Radley Angelo

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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!

 

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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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The Naked Truth

Our work is about capturing reality, like it is, no more, no less. Our goal is to get our 3D models of buildings so realistic you couldn’t tell them from reality when looking at them through a VR device. We think realistic 3D models are an excellent tool to visualize how changes in the physical environment, like a new building in a city block, will look like. To be able to spin it around in 3D and look from all angles, even less flattering ones, is a good thing.

On the other end there are dreamlike visualizations where the sun comes from angles it will never shine, kids and dogs playing in the foreground and backlit silhouettes on balconies. These kinds of visualizations are great for selling a vision, a dream, a story about the future. But from the stakeholders point of view, the politicians, the city planners and the next door neighbors those kinds of visualizations can be deceiving.

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Here’s a part of a city block where one of the buildings are going to be replaced with a bigger, modern taller one. Switch between the old building and the new one in the upper left corner and have a look around for yourself!