The Ultimate Story Map for #ESRIUC in 3D from Esri, TomTom and SmarterBetterCities

Here’s something pretty nifty for those of you heading off to the 2015 ESRIUC in San Diego, a venue Story Map in 3D. Wander the virtual San Diego Convention Center and see exactly where the plenary session is located, the Map gallery, you can even locate where the yoga takes place! Spin the map around, tilt it, and view the entire Convention Center in wonderful 3D – it really is awesome!!

Top 25 Things to Experience When You Visit Esri UC: 3D Edition

Top 25 Things to Experience When You Visit Esri UC: 3D Edition

Jump directly to the story map HERE or read more about it HERE

10 Cool, New Things About SketchUp 2015

This week at the annual Trimble Dimensions conference in Vegas, the company officially released the latest update to SketchUp, the awesome 3D modeling environment. the following are just 10 of the new features and functionality awaiting users:

  • 64-bit Support:  In addition to continued support for 32-bit systems, SketchUp Pro 2015 is available in a 64-bit version for Windows and Mac.
  • IFC Import:  In addition to export, SketchUp Pro users can now share models between Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and apply industry standard types that stay with the model as it travels with SketchUp 2015’s new IFC file import.

    sketchup 2015

  • Ruby API and Extension Warehouse Enhancements:  A variety of improvements to SketchUp’s Ruby API
  • Faster Core:  Models render faster with core modeling performance improvements
  • Professional Drafting:  Using SketchUp’s LayOut 2D drawing and documentation tool, users can manage drawings more easily and display more data from their information models
  • Modeling Tools:  With the addition of a 3-point Arc tool, users can now draw arced edges four different ways.
  • Expanded 3D Warehouse
  • SketchUp Pro 2015 also supports 3D CAD and BIM services
  • download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features
  • 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC

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Experience A breathtaking virtual tour of China’s supercave from National Geographic

Image venturing through one of China’s scenic wonders, a massive cave full of cone shaped peaks, arches, and the world’s largest cavern! Well, thanks to National Geographic you can now sit back in your chair and go on a virtual exploration and enjoy it all, complete with details of how laser scanning technology was used to capture is all in amazing detail!

breathtaking virtual tour of a supercave -- new from Nat Geo's July issue

breathtaking virtual tour of a supercave -- new from Nat Geo's July issue

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Laser Scanning Technology helps recreate D-Day 360

If you didn’t manage to catch PBS this week and the first airing of D-Day 360 you have to make sure you find the time to see this amazing film. The show walks you through the incredible events of D Day and uses technology (think LiDAR and laser scanning) to recreate, in amazing details, the allied forces landing on Omaha Beach – it really is an incredible story and great use of technology to preserve this sad yet life changing day in history.

This from undertheradar… The program’s computer recreations allow the filmmakers to zoom in, pull back and change viewpoints on the battlefield to give new context and perspective to the day’s events. There’s a lot of emphasis on logistics and interviews with historians who marvel at the amount of organization for the attack that the Allies were able to accomplish without the aid of computers. [Read more…]

Nokia is 3D Printing Chocolate… #NOM

Now here’s something clever and yummy from Nokia… this Spring Nokia took to cool 3D printing technology to print up some tasty chocolate treats. Very cool indeed… I can just imaging them also printing up a chocolate Lumia smartphone or even better, imagine printing a 3D chocolate map… how cool would that be?

Update on USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative

An update on 3DEP from the USGS… The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (ifsar) data will be collected over Alaska, where cloud cover and remote locations preclude the use of lidar over much of the State. The 3DEP initiative is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment.

mt. St. HelensMount St. Helens lidar

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3D scanning to Preserve a National Treasure from the 1964 World’s Fair

Here’s details of an amazing project from Cyark who are wanting to preserve a piece of American history. From the company… “we’ve launched our first ever Kickstarter campaign to fund the scanning of the 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in NYC, in partnership with University of Central Florida and the New York City Dept of Parks and Rec.”

New York Pavilion, 1964 (Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter)

Through a Kickstarter funding effort, Cyark plans to 3D laser scan (and preserve) the endangered 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion to create a digital record to aid preservation.  The digital preservation will occur with high-speed, high-precision 3D laser scanners. And all resulting 3D data will be made freely available to the public.

See details of the project HERE and take part in preserving a national treasure!

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Nokia’s HERE is Creating HD 3D Maps

This update comes via my colleague Gene Roe of LiDARnews… Nokia’s HERE unit is using technology developed by earthmine which includes laser scanners to develop what they claim is the next generation of street maps. As reported in Slash Gear the next generation system is aimed at surpassing Google Maps. The HD data will support true 3D analysis of routes – impressive.  Thanks for the tip Gene…