A 3D ‘model’ of the Treasury in Petra (without even visiting!)

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Never having been to Petra, and not really being able to visit any time soon, I was inspired by a post on packet39.com where they created a 3b ‘model’ of the Treasury building there. I thought I’d give it a try. But instead of using commercial software to generate the point cloud and mesh, I thought I’d give it a go with COLMAP, using this excellent tutorial over at sketchfab. So I downloaded 100 or so images of the Treasury … Read More

Hopton Castle – an aerial video.

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To the West of Craven Arms in South Shropshire, are the ruins of Hopton Castle. Subject to a siege in 1644, and left in a state of ruin from at least the 18th century. In 2007, work was started to consolidate the site and provide access, eventually opening the site for the public in 2011. Details of the Hopton Castle Preservation Trust can be found here. Video and mapping. The Trust kindly gave us permission to fly in the castle … Read More

A video of Flounders Folly

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A short video we produced from one of our drones, featuring Flounders Folly, a 19th century folly overlooking Corvedale. On top of Callow Hill, in South Shropshire, just to the East of Craven Arms, stands Flounders Folly. Built in 1838, it was restored in 2004. At 16 feet square, and 80 feet high, it is a landmark for miles around.After gaining permission from the Founders Folly Trust, I took the opportunity of a break in the freezing January weather to … Read More

Drone mapping of abandoned quarry workings

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On Titterstone Clee Hill, just outside of Ludlow in Shropshire, there are some old, long abandoned quarry workings, ripe for an example of drone mapping. Using a Mavic pro drone, and Maps Made Easy, a pre-planned UAV flight was designed and flown. In all, 80 photos were taken and stitched together. The resulting images, once submitted to Maps Made Easy, were then used to generate a small 3D model of the area. The resulting images that were stitched together, are … Read More