WATCH – Autodesk use UAV to create 3D model of Bristol’s Queen Square

They look like the next evolution of a child’s RC helicopter, but quadcopters – a type of unmanned aerial vehicle – are starting to help the AEC industries make significant gains in recreating existing spaces as 3D models.

In a short video posted to the From The Ground Up YouTube channel, Autodesk Technical Account Manager Jack Strongitharm has demonstrated how UAVs can be used to overcome line-of-sight issues inherent to ground-based technologies. Remotely piloting his quadcopter around the perimeter of Queen Square, Bristol, he’s able to use the “time-lapse” mode of the attached GoPro Hero 3 camera to take dozens of shots of the William III statue and its surroundings.


Strongitharm stresses in the video that these vehicles are affordable, with the DJI Phantom model seen in the video costing £400 on Amazon UK. The GoPro Hero 3 is priced at either £169 or £269, depending on model.


These aerial shots can then be fed through Recap 360, Autodesk’s cloud service for photographs, to be converted into a into a point cloud or even a 3D texture mesh.


Watch From The Ground Up’s video below.



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