3D Modelling

Crysis – Importing City Models: St Pauls Cathedral

A second post on Crysis as we continue to experiment with the game engine for importing architectural and city models direct from Sketchup/3D Max and ESRI ArcScene. Embedded below is a movie detailing progress on importing sections of our Virtual London model. Note the landmark buildings – St Paul’s Cathedral…

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Papervision: 2008 The Year of the 3D Web?

3D plugins, browsers and languages come and go, Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) rode a wave of hype only to suffer as a result of being before its time. Viewpoint, our personal favorite of a few years ago, rode a similar wave attracting a strong community of developers before rather…

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3D Visualisation: A Year Using Blender

When your covering architectural renderings from the leading design studios creating your own 3D models can be slightly intimidating. It is well worth remembering that free 3D modelling software such as Google SketchUp or Blender – the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems…

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SimCity New York (Movie)

It is interesting to see how close the Edushi (short for ECity in Chinese and pictured above) maps that we recently covered are to Sim City, see ‘Edushi.com – Possibly the Best City Maps in the World?‘ The movie below illustrates a detailed reconstruction of New York in Sim City…

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Build a City in 5 Minutes: Bryce 5/3DMax/Second Life

We love YouTube, it has opened up simple tutorials to the masses allowing techniques to be easily shared. One such nugget is a tutorial on ‘How to Build a City in 5 Minutes’ embedded below: Uploaded by ‘FreeTutorials‘ it makes an interesting use of a simple height map in Bryce…

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Virtual Manchester: Model by ARUP

The market for producing 3D city models continues to expand, from lightweight web based applications to high end tools for council usage. Embedded below is the model of Manchester by ARUP. ARUP is a global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services…

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Automatic City Builder – Gamr7

The latest issue of EDGE (183) features an excellent article on Automatic City Building for games. Focused on Gamr7, it details their middleware aimed at enabling artists to quickly design and create detailed urban environments. The cities are grown based on the meaning of buildings according to activity. Cities are…

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CyberCity in Liquidation (?)

CyberCity AG the software company behind some of the best Google Earth models and specializing in the creation and visualization of reality-based virtual 3D cities seems to of gone into liquidation. MoneyHouse is reporting the companies status and their website cybercity.tv has been taken offine. While we cannot speculate on…

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3D Urban Modelling Direct from Video

At the moment in the research world there is a lot of activity around ground based LiDAR data capture with a number of companies mounting rigs onto vans and driving around cities. We are not convinced by LiDAR per se, the data output is overwhelming and it is limited to…

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UpNext – 3D Manhattan (Not MS or Google!)

Its hard to get excited nowadays about a new 3D city model that is not either part of Google Earth or Microsoft’s Virtual Earth. In many ways kml has become the standard language for web based 3D. So we were expecting not to be impressed by UpNext a newly launched…

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