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3D Models from Drone Aerial Images

The development in recent years of drone technology and software applications has led to considerable advances in how we see and interact with objects. 3D models have changed everything; speed and accuracy add so much to a project.

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Drone Services Ireland uses specifically developed techniques and flight patterns in combination with optimal camera settings to capture the highest detail. We generate very high-resolution models as a result. The industry-leading software applications, such as Pix4D, Agisoft Metashape, Reality Capture, and Propeller Aero, allow us to run multiple versions of the models and determine the best output.

Multiple flights, nadir, oblique and point of interest are combined to create a high-quality photo-realistic model. We use some unique flight software and flight paths to capture the highest resolution images.

Extensive planning for the flight and data capture of the imagery is required. A site survey and safety assessment are required as part of the EASA and IAA regulations. This also benefits the mapping process. These safety procedures assist in gathering the images from optimal angles to help recreate the model in processing. Accurately reconstructing an object in 3D takes planning, timing, and execution to deliver optimal outputs.

3D Models in Industry

The construction and planning process has benefited hugely from these advances. When you can see and experience a project in 3D, it transforms your perspective on the process. 3D models can also be used in virtual reality scenarios to see how an object, like a wind turbine, will sit within the environment. Will it cast shadows? How much of the day does it cast a shadow? Software packages can now leverage these 3D models to answer these questions.

We gather this information during the initial scoping of a project. What does the client need this for? What do we need to do to deliver it to them? What format do they need it in?

We work with companies to give them this perspective and leverage to get the best from their own business.

We can also generate base terrain maps and insert planned structures into the model to see how it sits and interacts with the environment before submission for planning.

If you are interested in these services or any subset of them, contact us, and we will deliver whatever you require.

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