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3D Maps

3D Maps

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, July 13, 2015/Categories: natural history, sustainability, art and design, environment

                          Turing 2D into 3D Mapping  (credit: Vricon)

A myriad of satellites constantly gather photographic and other Earth measurements, it's not surprising that maps in 3 dimensions would begin emerging. A joint venture company ( Vricon ) created by  Saab and DigitalGlobe, Inc., is taking some of this "big data" to create maps based on a persons specific area of interest.

The Company's technology can utilize all available imagery gathered from satellites and other sensors because the images do not need to be captured as traditional stereo pairs. Building a 3D landscape is automatic and highly efficient. Thousands of square kilometers of precision data can be updated quickly and photo-realistic textures created from the same images used for creating the 3D geometric maps..

The applications are limited only by the imagination: military intelligence is one obvious while many others can be envisioned including mapping coastal sea level rise and building city resilience; conservation mapping for environmental protection; and city design and transportation network planning.

A short video illustrates the 3D maps results well:
 


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