Vexcel Corporation, a precision urban mapping products and services firm, is leveraging its remote sensing and close range photogrammetry technologies to provide geospecific 3D urban authoring capabilities – merging data collected by satellite or aerial sensors with images captured by handheld digital camera. The result is 3D city models that are more geometrically accurate and are also exceptionally realistic due to the photo texturing added through the company’s close range photogrammetry software, FotoG.
The new mapping capabilities have been developed as a part of work being completed under a Phase I SBIR contract with the US Army Research, Development & Education Command (RDE) Simulation and Training Center in Orlando, Florida. The RDE mission is to ensure US Armed Forces are relevant and ready, and that the products it provides reflect its commitment to US Warfighters. RDE contracted Vexcel to demonstrate the ability to generate geospecific 3D models for use in mission planning and training.
FotoG, users can add photo textures to building exteriors and interiors, resulting in geometrically accurate and detailed 3D models that can be manipulated in CAD, GIS, and simulator environments, said a company official.
In addition to military planning, training and simulation uses, applications for detailed, accurate, photo realistic 3D urban models include homeland security, architectural planning, as well as entertainment.