Philadelphia in 3D Mesh

smartphoneIt is interesting to see how Bentley Systems, who recently acquired Acute3D is promoting the use of photography to create 3D models. In fact in this article they make a strong argument for the benefits of photography and surface meshes over 3D laser scanning and point clouds. A couple of years ago with the acquisition of Pointools laser scanning was going to change the world. Ah, the world of corporate marketing.

At the same time as you can see in this video the software appears quite powerful and scalable. That, in addition to the fact that you can use your cell phone to produce surfaces which some would argue are a lot more intuitive to work with than point clouds and at the very least you need to have this type of tool in the toolbox.

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