Friday, July 23, 2010

Making 3D Models from 2D Photos

Being a geospatial professional I am more than comfortable looking at 2D maps, 2D images and 2D designs. But we live in a 3D world and modeling the built environment is becoming more readily available and also expected by organizations today. 3D models have many benefits over traditional 2D models, such as: the flexibility that is offered with the use 3D models allowing angles to be changed and creating animated images quicker. 3D models enable us to make instant calculations when used in software like Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk LandXplorer. This is one reason why 3D models are increasing in popularity with earth scientists and engineers.

Typically to create 3D models today the use of laser scanning is done. Capturing points and creating surfaces then rendering a 3D model that can be used in various softwares. But what if there was an alternative, a less expensive and complex way to capture and create these models using technology we all have and using a FREE application from Autodesk. Introducing Project Photo Fly from Autodesk Labs.

Project Photofly is a technology preview to automatically convert photographs shot around an object or a scene into "Photo Scenes" using the power of cloud computing making the creation of 3D models quick and cost effective.

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