Orthomosaic and 3D Models of Commercial Properties

A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.  – Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Orthomosaic maps are highly detailed and up-to-date map that are in true scale. They are created through the grouping of overlapping images, within a defined area, which are processed to create a new, larger ensemble map or “orthomosaic” representation.

Google uses this type of othomosaic in their Google Maps, but the images tend to be at least a couple of years old and lack the resolution for doing real work.  By using unmanned aerial systems (drones), we can use current imagery to make realtime maps and get a new perspective on things with accurate, high resolution imagery you control. This adds tremendous value to residential, commercial, and industrial property management.

Here is an example of a othomosaic map of the Calvary Chapel of Delaware County.

Using the same baseline imagery,  analytical processes can create 3D models with high fidelity details.

The value of Othomosaic and 3D maps extend well beyond that of property management, this kind drone imagery analytics can be used for improving workflows and decision-making process in areas such as landfill maintenance and management, precision agriculture, or overseeing construction sites. In our next blog, we will show how 3D models can be used to aid collision and crime scene investigations.

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