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Bluesky Adds Scottish Cities to MetroVista 3D City Line-up

Apr 2022 | No Comment

Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has added Edinburgh and Glasgow to its growing coverage of MetroVista 3D city models. Acquired using a state-of-the-art aerial sensor that simultaneously captures vertical and oblique imagery together with high point density LiDAR, MetroVista data is becoming increasingly popular for smart city applications. Providing a geographically accurate and detailed 3D representation of the urban environment, MetroVista data has already provided insight for a range of applications including urban design, defence and security modelling, insurance assessments and utility and telecom planning.

Bluesky captured the urban centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2021 and the data is now available as ultra-high resolution 5-centimetre aerial photography together with 16 points per metre (ppm) LiDAR. The data is also being processed to create a fully rendered mesh model suitable for use in a range of GIS, CAD and modelling software packages.

The Leica CityMapper sensor, used to capture MetroVista data, was the world’s first hybrid airborne sensor. The first camera captures vertical, or nadir, true ortho aerial photography, in both RGB and near infrared, whilst the remaining four cameras provide complete 360-degree oblique coverage. Combined with data from the integrated high-density LiDAR, this allows for the production, with minimal manual interaction, of accurate and detailed, citywide mesh models.

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