New Features for Streaming 3D!

At CyberCity 3D we are constantly working on ways to improve our technology for faster streaming performance and more accurate 3D models. Recently we’ve made some huge strides in our technology for a smoother, smarter 3D experience- check them out below!

Supercharged Texture Performance

We’ve always offered 3D buildings with photo-realistic textures. The challenge in the past with streaming 3D textured buildings and/or managing 3D buildings in a stable desktop environment has been the immense volume of texture files that have to be executed, retrieved and processed by standard computer and browser graphics cards. Texture processing and system crashes persisted due to the huge size of the files. Although graphics cards have been improving, driven by insatiable demand for video, they have not until now reached the mass market for streaming textured GIS buildings — buildings that can be used for mapping, analysis, engineering, etc. With the evolution of these enhanced graphics cards, we have vastly reduced the number of textured images that need to be “recalled” on any given software application execution. The image below shows how we can group images for better 3D performance.

Optimized file organization for enhanced performance
Textured buildings in West Hollywood, CA as seen in Autodesk Infraworks

Optimized Building Split Functionality

CyberCity 3D, Inc. streams huge 3D building data sets; some of our 3D streams include cities with more than 100,000 buildings with truly unique and complex architecture. Some of these buildings are connected with shared walls and related structures — and expressed as one structure. One of our clients, the City of Cambridge Planning Department, sought to organize its map based on unique addresses and building footprints. Splitting buildings was essential. Here is how we accomplished that:

  1. Acquire City of Cambridge building footprints, as seen below:

2. Using these footprints, “split” the buildings with “shared walls” and then export them out to a new set of 30 individual “parts” — using CyberCity 3D’s patented software. Voila- split buildings!

CC-Modeler® and CC-Edit® Software

This new and exciting service we call Building Split Areas Generation is vital to city departments that need to map and manage buildings alongside the private sector as it drives economic efficiencies by improving building features and function. This can be accomplished through Building Information Modeling (BIM), sustainability via energy controls, marketing and/or sharing content from the building on maps, etc.

UAV Data Capture

The exploding use and availability of UAVs, commonly known as drones, are vastly improving the performance and driving down the cost of creating enterprise-owned SaaS available 3D streaming maps. Thanks to some recent partnerships, CyberCity 3D is able to automatically model 3D buildings from drone images, thus reducing the cost of current image acquisition and updates significantly. As a result, both small city planning initiatives and smart city programs now can be mapped more effectively — adding tremendous value to city and state management of land use, zoning, as well as redesigning and management of the urban landscape.

Incredibly high resolution imagery captured by UAV (150–200 feet nadir)

Modeling From Satellite Imagery

Satellite image providers are ubiquitous. Thanks to greater affordability and vastly improving resolution, satellite stereo imagery has become an amazing resource for smart models involving politically sensitive or just “off limits” areas. For those hard-to-get to locations (no aerial or UAV availability), CyberCity 3D now offers satellite 3D modeling commercial services. A great example is Abu Dhabi below; aerial imagery is unavailable and UAV approvals are impossible to get…so we use a satellite!

3D Model of Al Nahyan Stadium Abu Dhabi in Autodesk Infraworks 360 Modeled from DG Satellite

CyberCity 3D, Inc. is expanding from offering solely 3D smart building technology to a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, currently in partnership with Cesiumjs® — with other web GIS cloud services. We have made significant strides in recent months through our technology breakthroughs, and look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks!

By: Kevin DeVito & Austin Logie

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