• ContextCapture - create 3D models from simple photographs

    ContextCapture

    Create 3D models from simple photographs

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Reality Modeling Software

With ContextCapture, you can quickly produce even the most challenging 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, derived from simple photographs. Without the need for expensive, specialized equipment, you can quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D reality models to provide precise real-world context for design, construction, and operations decisions for use throughout the lifecycle of projects. 

Hybrid processing in ContextCapture enables the creation of engineering-ready reality meshes that incorporate the best of both worlds – the versatility and convenience of high-resolution photography, supplemented, where needed, by additional accuracy of point clouds from laser scanning.

Develop precise reality meshes, affordably, with less investment of time and resources in specialized acquisition devices and associated training. You can easily produce 3D models using up to 300 gigapixels of photos taken with an ordinary camera and/or 500 million points from a laser scanner, resulting in fine details, sharp edges, and geometric accuracy.

You will have the confidence to reliably deliver any highly detailed model in less time without risks of software limitations. You can automate the production of models of virtually any size and/or precision, much faster than previously possible.

Access and share these rich reality models of existing conditions for use in any engineering or GIS workflow. You can easily and consistently share information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation.

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    • Create animations, videos, and fly-throughs
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Capabilities
  • Consume imagery from many cameras and sensor types

    • Utilize a wide variety of cameras, from smartphones to highly-specialized airborne or terrestrial multidirectional acquisition systems. Take advantage of any available image format and metadata to create 3D models.
  • Create animations, videos, and fly-throughs

    • Produce high-resolution orthographic and perspective images by rendering snapshots of any size. Set image size and scales using output rulers, scale, and positioning for accurate reuse. Take advantage of the intuitive time-based fly-through and object animation system for quick and easy movie production.
  • Create high-fidelity images

    • Use high-fidelity imaging tools to support precision mapping and engineering. Combine imagery in virtually any format and projection.
  • Create scalable terrain models

    • Use and display very large terrain models to increase return on investment on large datasets. Display scalable terrain models in a variety of modes, such as smooth shading with shadows, aspect angle, elevation, slope, contours, and more. Synchronize terrain models with source data such as DGN files, point-cloud data, and more.
  • Generate 2D and 3D GIS models

    • Produce accurate georeferenced 3D models using a full range of geospatial data types including true orthophotos, point clouds, raster digital elevation models and Esri I3S format. Includes an SRS database interface to ensure interoperability with your GIS solution of choice.
  • Generate 3D CAD models

    • Produce 3D models using a range of traditional CAD formats such as STL, OBJ or FBX, point cloud formats, as well as innovative multiresolution meshes like the Bentley open 3SM or 3MX to ensure your models are accessible in your modeling environment.
  • Integrate data from many sources with reality meshes

    • Enrich reality meshes with additional data like geospatial information, by attaching it to specific parts of the mesh, providing the ability to subsequently search and visualize regions of a mesh based on the associated data.
  • Integrate positioning data

    • Leverage ground control points or GPS tags to precisely georeference models. This enables you to geocoordinate your project and accurately measure coordinates, distances, areas, and volumes.
  • Measure and analyze model data

    • Save time getting accurate answers by performing precise measurements of distances, volumes, and surface areas directly within the 3D viewing interface.
  • Model geometry from reality modeling data

    • Extract break lines, paint lines, surfaces, planes, cylinder, and cylinder center lines from reality meshes and point clouds. Efficiently clip and section point cloud and reality meshes to streamline vector extraction.​
  • Perform automatic aerotriangulation and 3D reconstruction

    • Fully calibrate all images by automatically identifying the relative position and orientation of each photo. Employ automatic 3D reconstruction, texture mapping, and retexturing of ties and reconstruction constraints to ensure highly accurate models.
  • Publish and view Web-ready models

    • Produce models of any size that are optimized for Web publishing, and that can be viewed using a free plugin Web viewer. This enables instant sharing and visualization of 3D models on the Web.
  • Visualize, manipulate and edit reality modeling data

    • Visualize and edit point clouds with billions of points, changing their classification, color and removing or editing points. Manipulate reality meshes and scalable terrain models with hundreds of millions of triangles. Import, retouch, and export meshes in many formats.
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Sample ContextCapture Models

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