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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


With a Camera Measure Shape and Movement in Sails and Flexible Structures

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017

With A Camera Blog Series In our second of the series we describe a unique and interesting application of measuring fabrics, sails, and flexible structures – something that is very hard to do with other methods.     Introduction Flexible structures, such as sails, fabrics, flexible wings, and solar sails are very hard to measure because they are unstable. For example, the instability of the shape of a sail due to wind and luffing makes it difficult for sail designers and flow analysts to measure flying shapes of yachts and spinnakers in real sailing conditions. In a sail, the light fabric plays a critical role in generating the force that drives it, hence the need to optimize its shape. Similar…Read More


PhotoModeler 2017 Release

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

On April 12th, 2017 we released the new 2017.0 version. This version has some significant improvements and changes: Subscription licensing Revamped ortho-mosaics Automated low density surface creation Single photo calibration improvement 34 fixes and smaller improvements Subscription Licensing As of April 12, 2017 you have the option of buying a monthly or yearly subscription to any of the three PhotoModeler products (Standard, Scanner, UAS). The permanent license remains available for purchase. Subscriptions are time-limited full licenses that auto-renew. Subscriptions are a lower-cost entry point and help with cash flow management in businesses. Subscriptions are available for monthly or yearly renewal. In addition to providing the license to run PhotoModeler for 1 or 12 months, subscriptions provide updates and tech support.…Read More


With a Camera Determine Who Caused a Collision

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A New Blog Series We introduce a new blog series called “With A Camera“. With each blog post in this new series we describe an application of close range photogrammetry – that is, 3D measurement and modeling with a camera. The articles will describe significant real-world problems and how photogrammetry was able to uniquely solve them. Future topics might include engineering, surveying, architecture, construction, drones, mining, agriculture, forensics, scientific and industrial measurement, and archaeology. In each post, we will summarize the problem, how it was solved, and as well point out resources on the web for further study. The first post of this new ‘With A Camera’ series is the interesting one of measuring accident and collision scenes. Collisions and…Read More


PhotoModeler 2016.2 Release

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016

PhotoModeler 2016.2 was released Nov. 28th, 2016. This release has three significant improvements: PPK – GPS Post Processing Kinematics Support UAV / drone video tutorial with real UAV data Processing speed improvements For further information on PPK and how to do high accuracy surveys with drones see the PPK blog post. There is a new a step-by-step tutorial video (with included real world data) that demonstrates creating a UAV/drone project that has GPS camera data and ground control points (GCPs). You can download the data and follow along yourself.  The data will load into the PhotoModeler UAS Demo as well.  The tutorial video can be seen here and the project data (with photos, gcp file, and sample projects) is available in…Read More


Survey Grade Accuracy with a Drone without Ground Control !

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

To get high accuracy with a drone photo-based survey, one usually needs to place and survey ground control points. 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, surveyed with a high accuracy instrument (total station or RTK GPS). To achieve 2 cm to 4 cm ground accuracy from your drone survey over the whole area usually requires 10 or more ground control points. These ground control points (GCPs) require travel over the whole site, take time to place, survey, and optionally remove, and thus are an expensive method. Any way to reduce ground control requirements is money and time in your pocket! How can you reduce…Read More


Time Limited Discount for PhotoModeler UAS

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

We officially announced PhotoModeler UAS to the world late last week, after a soft-launch a couple of weeks ago. See the press release that was published Oct. 26th, 2016 (also included in full below). PhotoModeler UAS (PhotoModeler for Unmanned Aerial Systems) is photogrammetry software optimized with new features for drone / UAV users. See the PMU product page. To celebrate this release, and our exhibiting of PMU at the Commercial UAV Expo Nov. 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas, we are offering a time limited discount for the new product. Between Nov. 1st and Nov. 30th, PhotoModeler UAS (and trade-ups from other PhotoModeler products) will be 35% off. Contact Eos Systems to get the store discount code.† The PhotoModeler UAS…Read More


PhotoModeler 2016.1 and PhotoModeler UAS Release

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016

drone / uav flying

There is a lot of excitement over drones and UAVs these days, and rightly so! UAVs bring new a capability to inspect, document, measure and model objects and larger scenes that is difficult to do from the ground. They literally give you a new perspective! As well, more PhotoModeler customers are taking on 3D measurement, modeling and mapping tasks with drone and UAV photography. You’ve been asking for improved capabilities and new features to make your work easier in mining, stock pile monitoring, agriculture, accident scene mapping and other similar tasks that are well addressed by photos taken from the air. We have been working hard in the last year to create some very powerful new capabilities in PhotoModeler for UAV work, and as…Read More


 


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