- Safe Software announced support for automating the process of building 3D models from 2D data.
- UMASS intends to use LiDAR data to go to the next level of creating photo realistic models.
- It would seem that campus scale 3D models are projects worth pursuing.
I came across a press release from Safe Software announcing their ability to automate the process of building a 3D model from 2D data. From the customer profile, it appears that Safe’s flagship FME software has a new capability to somehow extract floor height information and combine this with the 2D building footprints to create a 3D model. The software has been 2 years in the making.
Some of you are probably wondering, “What does this have to do with laser scanning?” Well, in addition to the above workflow, the press release also states that FME will be used in conjunction with LiDAR data to create wire building frames that can then be combined with photography to create more photo realistic 3D models. All of this to support a higher level of campus-wide facility management.
There is not a lot of detail provided on how FME will support LiDAR data, but Safe has an excellent track record of successfully supporting a huge number of data formats – that is their claim to fame, so I think this deserves your attention if you are in the modeling business.
It would seem that every college, university, medical, you name it, campus could be sold on the benefits of a 3D model. The scale of these projects is much more manageable than say a New York City. It would be hard to ignore a ROI spreadsheet demonstrating the value of a 3D model over a 10 year timeframe.