Gerpho now offers 3D photos (whether aerial or not) : 3D colour digital models of sites, monumentsor objects with dimensions ranging from a couple of centimeters to several kilometers. These 3D modes are very accurate, highly realistic and can be used in different ways : interactive visits either with specific viewers or on line, generation of videos or still photos from points of views that cannot be accessed any other way, dimensional measurements (length, surface volume) insertion into the 3D landscape of projects which have been 3D-modeled with classical CAD sol wares, and even creation of solid 3D models with 3D printers.
3D photo in figures
- → Initial shooting : 10 to 5000 high resolution photos
- → From a plane (500 to 3000 ft), or an aerial platform or a ladder or even with a macro-lens
- → Computing time : 3 hours to 3 weeks
- → 3D model resolution : 0.1mm to 50cm
- → Covered area : a few square centimeter to several square kilometers
- → Number of vertices : 50.000 to several millions
- → Absolute dimensional accuracy : depends on resolution
This phase is essential to project’s success. When shooting from a plane this includes defining : height of flight, flight route which takes into account terrain configuration and regulations, shooting parameters (focal length, pixel resolution, pixel count….)
The photos used to generate the 3D aerial model are most oftent shot from a small plane, such as a Cessna, or some times from a helicopter. Other aerial vehicles (drones, zepelins …), exhibit at present various limitations, which make them unsuited to high quality 3D photography
It is and important step in 3D photo reconstruction : during post processing, constrast colour, and
sharpness are adjusted so that the photos are best fit for the reconstrcution process. During this
phase, atmospheric haze is also removed, and finally, photos are adjusted with respect to one
another to ensure a perfect homogeneity of the batch of photos, before starting the actual
When shooting an aerial 3D photo, georeferencing can be obtained from the GPS data included in
the EXIF metadata of the photos when a GPS is connected to the camera. One can also use a few
ground measured data points. Once the 3D photo is georeferenced, one can easily compare
successive 3D shots to measure the evolution of a given site, or include CAD generated projects.
Once all the above data is ready, it is fed into the « ContextCapture » software. This software
detects « tie points » visible on two or more photos, and pairs these photos. From then on,
trigonometric calculation on these tie points leads to the construction of a skeleton of the 3D model,
and finally to the detailed (and georeferenced, if georeferencing data is available ) mesh.
The final texturing operation fills this mesh with the colours and lighting extracted from the set of
input photos. The 3D model is now ready, with a highly realistic rendering. This model is
compatible with usual 3D CAD softwares.
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