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PhotoModeler 2018.0 Release Improvements

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The new PhotoModeler 2018.0 release has faster processing, robust Coded Targets, and gridded DEM export. The most significant improvements in PhotoModeler 2018.0 span the needs of a wide range of our customers: New Gridded Digital Elevation Model Export Smart Processing now for Coded Target Projects Smart Processing speed increase for large projects Orthophoto improvements Gridded DEM Export PhotoModeler has exported triangulated surface models for many years. It is common though, with GIS and geographic-based systems that deal with 2.5D surfaces (2D plus height), to represent a surface as a DEM (Digital Elevation Model). Typically, a DEM is a regular grid of cells, each with a height value. PhotoModeler UAS 2018.0 adds the ability to export gridded DEMs when creating orthophotos. …Read More


Using Photogrammetry in Court

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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This is a guest article by forensics consultant, and trainer, Dan Mills. Bio below. Anyone in a technical field that brings evidence to court must consider both the evidence they are presenting, as well as the admissibility of their methods. First, a definition of Admissible Evidence: Evidence that is formally presented before the trier of fact (i.e., the judge or jury) to consider in deciding a case. The trial court judge determines whether or not the evidence may be proffered. To be admissible in court, the evidence must be relevant (i.e., material and having probative value) and not outweighed by countervailing considerations (e.g., the evidence is unfairly prejudicial, confusing, a waste of time, privileged, or based on hearsay). Also termed competent…Read More


Capturing BIM Data: An Affordable Alternative to Laser Scanning

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Image of a pc notebook and architectural drawings

BIM and the Importance of Image Processing BIM is the process of designing a building collaboratively with just one coherent system of 3D computer models, rather than multiple sets of separate diagrams. This leads to huge savings in time and resources, more accurate estimation, and fewer mistakes and alterations due to loss of data. BIM data can then be used for on-going management and maintenance of the building. The field of construction design has been transformed by the rise of digital technology. First, hand-drawn blueprints were replaced by 2D CAD systems. Then, as computing power grew, this evolved into 3D CAD. BIM is the next stage in the computerization of construction design, allowing more complex projects to be undertaken than…Read More


Top PhotoModeler Videos for Learning

Posted on Monday, October 30th, 2017

Instructional tutorial videos are a great way to learn PhotoModeler.  We’ve recently done a few updates to the PhotoModeler tutorials: A new forensics single camera tutorial Some new voice overs Key videos on YouTube Newest Tutorial Video for Forensics We recently published a new tutorial that will be of interest to those doing forensic measurement from single images (esp. those taken by security cameras and dash-cams). A recent release of PhotoModeler added an improved way to compensate for lens distortion for the highest accuracy results – this video describes this process. This tutorial describes how to extract important measurements like heights and positions in a crime scene from a security or surveillance camera image. [Single Security Camera Tutorial Video –…Read More


Forensic Photogrammetry: A Case Study

Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Forensic Playground photo repaired

This is a guest article by forensic imaging consultant Mike Mayda. Bio below. Why Use Photogrammetry in Forensics? Photogrammetry can be a very powerful tool in forensic analysis. It is often useful to have an accurate 3D reconstruction of an accident or crime scene, especially in cases where position, distance and perspective are important. Given the large number of photos taken at these scenes, photogrammetry can be a practical way for investigators, lawyers, and insurance adjusters to obtain better information. In addition, photogrammetry can be used to preserve or recover measurement data long after the on-scene investigation has concluded. This is valuable as it can often be months before an investigator re-examines a scene and discovers a new piece of…Read More


PhotoModeler in Accident Reconstruction and Trade Show

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017

PhotoModeler has been the premier photogrammetry tool for accident reconstruction and incident scene forensics for more than 20 years. Continuing with that tradition we announce two items: Upcoming AR Conference Booth Drones / UAV in Accident Reconstruction Page   Accident Reconstruction Conference PhotoModeler will have a booth at the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference, September 18-21, 2017, at the South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.  If you are attending the show please come by for a chat! We will be demonstrating the newest in drone / UAV use with PhotoModeler as well.   Using Drones in Accident Reconstruction PhotoModeler has been used since the early 1990s as a key tool in the accident reconstructionist’s toolbox. For the most part, until recently, this…Read More


PhotoModeler 2017.1 Release and Improvements

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017

PhotoModeler version 2017.1 was released Aug. 22nd, 2017. The 5 goals of this release: Add features to improve certain types of industrial measurement projects. Further improve capability, speed, and stability of SmartMatch projects. Add a project upload tool for easy communication with the PhotoModeler Support team. Provide the help file in a PDF format. Fix some bugs. Getting the update If you are a current user of PhotoModeler Standard, Scanner or UAS, and your maintenance agreement is up to date, use Check for updates (Getting Started dialog in the software) to get the latest, or see the Updates page. If you are a demo or a trial customer that wants to try the latest improvements you can re-download the software.…Read More


How to Digitize Templates and Patterns With a Camera

Posted on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

In a number of industries measurements are made of objects and equipment in the field, and then materials are manufactured to fit those existing objects. Some common industries like this are kitchen counter tops, boat covers, enclosures, or flooring, wall cladding, and stairway coverings or lifts. A common approach within these industries is to create a template on-site from paper, cardboard, or plastic to form the fit of the final materials. The templates are returned to the manufacturer, and are used to form or cut the material (such as a kitchen marble counter top, or a boat cover), and the finish product returned to the customer or site for installation.  Accuracy of the cut and formed materials is key to…Read More


With a Camera Measure, Monitor, and Document Bridges

Posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017

The process of monitoring the health of bridges demands reliable measurement techniques. Traditional methods of monitoring the conditions of bridges are disruptive and may cause inconvenience to users. In addition, the approaches are labor-intensive, and the results are usually less accurate. Considering that there are many transportation structures that require routine monitoring, it is a costly endeavor to measure them all. Photogrammetry allows professionals to obtain accurate three-dimensional descriptions of structures from photographs. As compared to traditional measurement methods, this technique produces more accurate results, and it is suitable for various civil engineering projects. Furthermore, the method is less expensive than most traditional techniques. It is a standard practice for professionals to conduct feasibility studies before restoring a transportation structure.…Read More


PhotoModeler Price and Licensing Changes

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Significant changes to PhotoModeler licensing and pricing! July 15th, 2017 A price reduction for PhotoModeler Standard. The new ability to use your PhotoModeler license on a second computer. New educational pricing. Aug. 1st, 2017 A price increase for PhotoModeler Scanner and PhotoModeler UAS – get your copies now! License Change As of July 15th, 2017, the PhotoModeler license agreement has been updated to allow for one license to be used by one person on two computers.  If you have a work computer and a home computer and you are the sole user of PhotoModeler then you can install and license one copy on both those computers.  This also applies if you have a work computer and laptop that you take…Read More


 


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