Turning 2D into 3D

  1. Safe Software announced support for automating the process of building 3D models from 2D data.
  2. UMASS intends to use LiDAR data to go to the next level of creating photo realistic models.
  3. 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.

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1 Response to Turning 2D into 3D

  1. Dale Lutz says:

    Hi Gene — just to comment publicly, at this point our ability to do much with LIDAR from LAS files is limited but it is an area we are working on currently. It is true that we can take elevation information from whatever source and apply it to 2D data to create 3D models, and today we can do some simple things with LIDAR points (for example, create a 2.5 D surface from them) but truly modeling them in 3D is something that is still a goal. If any of the readers here have scenarios they’d like to share with us, please drop us a line a support AT safe.com and indicate in the subject “LIDAR Scenario” and we can engage from there.

    Great blog, thanks for the mention.

    Dale Lutz
    VP Dev @ Safe

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