We met with the nice people at C3 last week and they kindly provided a walk through of their latest city modelling technology and its impressive:
The movie above provides a glimpse of the output which interestingly is not dependent on LiDAR. C3 capture the data using calibrated cameras that for every picture knows the positions at angles of capture at a high precision. This enables each pixel to have a known geographical position with decimeter accuracy and thus using a combination of images a 3D model can be produced.
The company has just released their Oslo model and it is well worth taking a look at.
Thanks go to Frank at the Google Earth blog for the email prompt to put up a post on it 🙂