Earlier this week we had the pleasure of meeting the people from Infoterra for a demo of their recently released 3D city viewer. Known as ‘Skape’ it enables you to view and perhaps more importantly upload and download highly realistic 3D environments, for visual concepts and interaction with building information. With 12 cities in the UK now available the level of detail and fidelity in the textures is notable. We tend to get quite a few companies through the doors of CASA with 3D models and we can honestly say Skape is the best we have seen so far. The movie below provides an overview, its interesting to see how far the industry has come in just a few short years:
Skape is designed as a professional tool, moving it away from the current models and level of functionality found in Google Earth or Bing. It is aimed at a range of industries, including architecture, planning, building development and environmental consultation. However, it is free to view the cities and at the moment free to create movies as well, as such it makes for an interesting spatial analysis and visualization tool.
Take a look at http://www.skapeworld.com/index.htm for more info and to try it out.