Australia-based survey company uses advanced photogrammetry
(apparently only imagery, not LIDAR) to make very detailed models.
Roofs looks flat, straight lines are straight, even trees look
Launched 2011, their main technology is turning photographs into 3D
models. A major use case is to turn aerials into building/city models.
They market a "Surveyor Edition" which "can handle up to 1,500
photographs without any limitation in size, and allows computations to
be parallelized on a cluster of 3D reconstruction engine", and an even
larger-scale "Mapper Edition".
It's not clear whether they actually sell software, or prefer to
In November 2012, they made an "OEM" partnership with
Services available to municipalities for "creating, managing and
using digital 3D city models"
Services include 3D laser scanning (mobile mapping), organization of
aerial photos, processing of roofscapes, façades and street plan, underground
installations and tunnels, structural engineering and excavation projects
They use a suite of in-house software (CityGRID Modeler, Manager, Planner,
Explorer, Scanner, Ortho) which interoperates with ESRI products for a GIS
CityGRID Explorer is the VRML-based interactive 3D module (not freely
Offers a rapid city modelling service, at a typical cost of $150k per
"A full spectrum of core capabilities and custom solutions for
urban infrastructure, tourism and travel, real estate, security and defense,
3D yellow pages, entertainment, media and advertising applications"
Their in-house proprietary software is called FastBuilder. It
does "automatic modeling of complex territories from heterogeneous
spatial data". They have been developing FastBuilder for more
than 7 years. It is especially designed to generate 3D models automatically
from IGN data (the French National Geographic Institute).
The models can be viewer in a webpage using Shockwave, or as a stand-alone
application (built on OSG/Qt).
Their showcase models are Paris and Rennes, as describe on the
Virtual France page
Typical fields of use include 'landscape, town planning, architecture,