Skyline releases improved PhotoMesh software suite

PhotoMesh 3D output inside TerraExplorer showing 3D the viewshed analysis tool.

3D Earth visualisation software and services, Skyline Software Systems, has announced the release of the second generation of the PhotoMesh software suite. As part of its new SkylineGlobe products, the latest iteration of PhotoMesh incorporates breakthrough edge-extraction algorithms, noise removal, improved colour texturing, and optimised point cloud densification for improved geometric quality.

Utilising parallel processing techniques and access to Cloud Web Services, Skyline can produce high-quality 3D PhotoMesh with unlimited scale, surpassing processing capacity of 1 million Megapixels per day.

“The new PhotoMesh release introduces enhancements to the leading 3D production tool in the market, providing users with much greater capabilities,” stated Skyline’s President Robert Peters. “Significant improvements in automation, performance, and user interface have supplemented the robust software’s capacity for unparalleled quality and high accuracy results.”

Skyline’s 3D Development Team has implemented innovative new features in PhotoMesh 7.1, targeting high quality standards such as sharper geometric characteristics and enhanced texture selection for cleaner visual 3D scenes.

PhotoMesh 7.1 highlighting four stages of the user interface: preprocessed tile obtained from aerial imagery, a geometric model, a colorised Point Cloud and a final textured mesh.

For mapping and engineering requirements, a new ground control point interface and workflow enables high accuracy projects and Geodetic control networks to be incorporated into the process.

Additionally, the new PhotoMesh greatly improves management of data without orientation information, and addresses temporal discrepancy between image sources over multiple data collection times.

Other enhancements to PhotoMesh include additional export formats such as i3s and KMZ for 3D layers as well as Point Cloud with RGB values, True-Orthophoto, Bare-Earth DEM, and terrain layers. A new feature which augments PhotoMesh’s processing capabilities to a classification and analysis capacity is the built-in classification of the PhotoMesh output 3DML layer (Skyline 3D format) into ground and non-ground surfaces, establishing a floor for the 3D to act as a ground display option.

PhotoMesh also has the ability to import external aerial triangulation (AT) results for direct input into the 3D reconstruction, relying 100% on geometric and geographic characteristics of the input AT parameters.

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