Australian aerial imagery company Nearmap has unveiled its new 3D platform, which offers tools to improve construction, urban planning, tenders and more.
The platform, called Nearmap 3D, is a browser-based system that allows subscribers to explore and analyse 3D mesh images in the cloud application, which can then be exported in various content types such as textures mesh, DSM, point cloud and True Ortho.
It also includes tools to measure line, areas, height and width in a consistent level of detail.
This data has multiple uses for the construction industry and local government, allowing for quick and accurate assessments of the scope of work in a tender. It can also help with cost change assessment, implantation and risk management and full visibility at critical decision points.
Nearmap 3D is also able to help with urban planning and infrastructure development, with the data helping planners assess considerations like noise pollution, shadowing, solar irradiation and asset compliance.
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More than 66 per cent of the total Australian population is covered by the Nearmap data, with 22,890 square kilometres of space captured, including 12 major urban areas.
Areas of interest of up to 50 square kilometres can then be exported directly from the browser and used across a wide range of other computer-aided design or geographic information system software.
Nearmap also announced at its NAVIG8 event in Melbourne and Sydney that it is developing AI technology that makes use of its 10 years of aerial photograph data to provide detailed change analysis, including elements such as construction work, tree coverage and solar panels.
Nearmap Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering, Tom Celinski, compared the 3D technology from moving from DVDs to streaming services.
“We live in a 3D world and most of the problems we are looking to solve are, in fact, 3D problems,” he said.
“The first thing we did was fully commit to 3d. We invested heavily into research and development… and have more than 80 people involved in contributing to our 3D effort.
“Users can now visualise, measure, define a custom area, export our 3D and use it in their commercial platforms and tools.”
Inside Construction sat down with Shane Preston, Nearmap Executive Vice President Sales at NAVIG8 in Melbourne to ask about how the construction industry can benefit from these new tools. Subscribe to Inside Construction to read more.