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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

With a Camera and a Drone Audit a Mine Reclamation

Posted on Monday, July 10th, 2017

Mining companies are often required to restore mine sites to economically usable conditions after extracting minerals. This process, usually referred to as mine reclamation, involves rehabilitation and other processes that minimize the environmental impact of mining. The reclaimed land can be used for agricultural, recreational, commercial, and residential uses. An audit of the reclaimed site by the company or by an agency, may be aided with aerial photography and 3D surface modeling. The topography of most mining sites makes it difficult for field experts to collect data needed for site mapping. Climbing one quarry face after another to take measurements using GPS systems or other survey tools is a labor-intensive, time-consuming, and dangerous activity. Use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)…Read More

With a Camera Perform Non-Contact Industrial Measurement

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Today’s industries demand accurate and reliable measurements. Sometimes it can be expensive, time consuming or difficult to achieve the required precision using traditional measurement methods. For most design and fabrication processes, the margin of error is small, and inaccurate measurements can result in losses. Photogrammetry enables industries to obtain accurate and reliable measurements from images in good time and at reasonable cost. Traditionally we have thought about photogrammetry as being from the air – how most of our maps are created. Aerial photogrammetry entails using photographic images captured from airborne platforms while terrestrial photogrammetry utilizes photographs captured from the ground. In addition, close-range photogrammetry refers to a process where the camera is ‘close’ to the object being measured. Industrial uses…Read More

With A Camera and a Laser Reconstruct a Crime Scene

Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

Unfortunately, this is an all too common story: The convenience store clerk was alone when a man entered the store. He demanded money and cigarettes. When the clerk refused, the clerk was beaten and then shot, leaving no eyewitnesses to this horrific crime. But there was a ‘witness’ – the store had a single security camera. The suspect’s face was not clear in the video, but he was imaged walking behind the cash desk and around the store. What next? The forensic specialist needed to extract some key measurements from the security video, such as the suspect’s height, some measurements on his clothing, and where he stood in the store at various times during the incident. How can these measurement…Read More

Subscription Sale Ending Soon & Two New Tips

Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

PhotoModeler Subscriptions Sale Ending July 15th A reminder that in one month the introductory sale for PhotoModeler Subscriptions ends. Get 25% off the subscription fees forever! Subscriptions were first introduced in April 2017. Subscriptions are full licenses that auto-renew monthly or yearly. Subscriptions are a lower-cost entry point and help with cash flow management in businesses. Subscriptions are available for all 3 products: Standard, Scanner, and UAS. In addition to providing the license to run PhotoModeler for 1 or 12 months, subscriptions provide all updates and a reasonable amount of tech support. If you purchase a Monthly or Yearly Subscription on or before July 15th, 2017 you will get 25% off your subscription price. And even better, if you don’t…Read More

PhotoModeler 2017.0.1/2 Releases

Posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

On May 4th, 2017 PhotoModeler version 2017.0.1 was released, and on May 26th, 2017 version 2017.0.2 was released. These releases provide many small improvements and bug fixes, and a few interesting new features. View the summary list of changes, or the complete list. The interesting new capabilities in these two releases are: New UAS tutorials. With the introduction of an easier workflow to generate a textured surface model in a SmartMatch project, the UAS Tutorial has been re-recorded. There are now three new UAV/drone focused tutorials: Introduction, Orthophotos, and Ground Control Points. See tutorial list. Planar textures in 3D views. The 3D viewer has a new texturing method option based on the new ortho-mosaic method released in 2017.0. This method…Read More

With A Camera Perform Accurate and Detailed Surveying

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017

Surveying is an essential process in mapping, mining, construction, and architecture. This time and labor intensive process involves using a wide range of traditional and modern equipment to obtain measurements. Depending on the nature of the task, the required accuracy, and the challenges involved, a surveyor can use a tape measure/roller, a total station, a level, a laser scanner, or a photogrammetric tool. Most of today’s mapping, cadastral, and mining processes demand high accuracy surveys. Photogrammetry is a cost-effective method that also provides surveyors with accurate measurements. This technique entails generating models and measurements from photographic images. In this article, a few examples of the many uses of photogrammetric-based surveying are described. Some mapping, mining, cadastral, and construction surveys are…Read More

Efficient and Accurate Mapping with a DJI Matrice

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The PhotoModeler partner, Klau Geomatics, is now selling their PPK (Post Processed Kinematic) GPS unit for DJI Matrice 100 and 600 UAV drones. This PPK unit, along with PhotoModeler’s PPK integration, provide excellent accuracy in ground surveying with minimal ground control. To get high accuracy with a drone photo-based survey, one usually needs to place and survey several ground control points spread across the area. Ground control points are either man-made targets (e.g. large cross) that you place on the ground before the flight, or visible natural features, and both surveyed with a high accuracy instrument (total station or RTK GPS). Minimizing or removing the need for ground control points speeds up your survey and reduces cost. This can be achieved…Read More


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