We have covered C3 a number of times here on digital urban, a company that is producing high quality 3D models – a demo is below:
Trondheim 3D demo in HD from Morten Jacobsen on Vimeo.
Ludvig Emgard of C3 Technologies presented a talk at this years Where 2.0 entitled “World’s Most Realistic 3D City Models?”. The movie below is well worth a look as it talks though the technology behind the modelling process:
The process is automated, with the textures and mesh produced purely from imagery and not from the more traditional LiDAR approach.