DigitalGlobe & AEgis
Most of you will witness the 2010 Winter Olympics from the comfort of your home. AEgis, DigitalGlobe, Intermap Technologies and NBC have enhanced the visual experience with awesome fly-through simulations that gave you the interactive feeling of being there – All with the highest-fidelity three-dimensional (3D) virtual representations of Vancouver and the Olympic Venues that have ever been created.


Viewers watching the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on America's premier television network, NBC, were thrilled by the "flying camera" scenes soaring over the city of Vancouver and Whistler between the numerous event locations and skimming around the inside of the various stadiums. In fact, these superb visualizations actually took place in a computer-generated three-dimensional (3D) virtual world.

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When the producers at NBC first conceived the idea of using this sophisticated concept, they turned to the world's leading experts: AEgis, who specialize in 3D modeling and simulation technology, and DigitalGlobe, the world’s leading provider of high-resolution commercial sub-meter satellite imagery. The result was the highest-fidelity virtual representation of Vancouver ever created.

As illustrated below, the process commenced with a 3D wireframe representation of the terrain's topology. The data used to construct this particular model was derived from two DigitalGlobe high-resolution, map-accurate satellite images; for other projects, this could be combined with additional data captured by aircraft and/or locally obtained elevation data.

The wireframe was enhanced by Intermap Technologies' high-quality 3D digital mapping data afforded by their proprietary airborne Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) technology.

The 3D wireframe model was then overlaid with imagery captured by DigitalGlobe's high-resolution, highly-accurate satellites (this could have been augmented with additional imagery captured by low-flying aircraft and ground vehicles as required).

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The next step was to extract and extrude selected features from the imagery. In this case, certain buildings such as skyscrapers were deemed to be of interest. Special tools were used to examine the satellite imagery, determine the "footprints" (the floor-plan outlines) of the selected buildings, and "extrude" these buildings. This process involves a variety of sophisticated techniques, such as measuring the length of each building's shadow to determine its height based on the time of day at which the image was acquired.

Finally, detailed 3D models of the various Olympic venues were created, along with models of certain cultural features of special historic interest.

... miracles take a little longer. It is difficult to fully comprehend the scale of this project or the incredible result achieved by AEgis and DigitalGlobe in such a short period of time (NBC first approached the companies in October 2009 and the entire system obviously had to be fully operational well before the Olympic commencement ceremony).

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In order to provide a point of reference, the imagery used by most commercial satellite companies does not have the accuracy, precision, and realism of the 3D models created by AEgis and DigitalGlobe. Furthermore, we are able to build our satellite sub-meter image-based 3D models with real-world views in a fraction of the time required using traditional tools. It is due to this speed that AEgis and DigitalGlobe can imagine, design, create, and deliver at a world-class pace.

For example, using advanced computational methods and rendering algorithms, AEgis and DigitalGlobe took only five weeks to create a 2,800 square kilometer model of the whole of Vancouver using 0.61 meter (61 centimeter) and 1ft imagery – some of the highest-resolution commercial data in the world. (In fact, rendering the terrain model – a process that would have taken days or weeks in the past – now required only minutes; the rest of the time was spent extruding the required buildings and constructing the detailed models of the Olympic venues and selected cultural features.)

Thus far, we have discussed only the Beijing portion of the project; in reality, the entire project undertaken by AEgis and DigitalGlobe for NBC's Olympic coverage involved Vancouver, the "Sea to Sky" Highway, Whistler Ski Area and Cypress Mountain spanning more than 2,800 square kilometers, all of which was achieved in just a few months.

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A number of factors contributed to this incredible achievement, including the fact that DigitalGlobe is the only company operating a constellation of sub-meter commercial imaging satellites. Together, AEgis and DigitalGlobe have created Imagescape, which combines 3D wireframe terrain topologies with DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imagery to render 3D representations of any area in the world as requested by our customers.

In addition to creating and deploying a wide range of simulation products and tools, AEgis also offers consulting services such as extracting and extruding buildings and creating high-fidelity models (visit the Elements 3D Models and Terrains website for more details).

Imagescape and the related products and services offered by AEgis and DigitalGlobe have wide-ranging applications that extend far beyond sporting events such as the Olympic Games. These tools and techniques are of interest for applications such as municipal planning, constructing commercial buildings and industrial complexes, event security, and so forth.

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The end result of using the advanced computational methods and rendering algorithms developed by AEgis and the satellite imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe is the ability to create 3D virtual models of any required location in the world – using the highest-resolution commercial data available – more than 4X faster at ¼ the cost of anyone else in the industry!


The combination of state-of-the-art models, tools and services from AEgis and high-resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe results in awesome 3D simulation capabilities in record-breaking time. For more details on 3D modeling, 3D simulation, and high-resolution satellite imagery please visit AEgis and DigitalGlobe.

 
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Most of you witnessed the Olympics from the comfort of your home. AEgis, DigitalGlobe, and NBC have enhanced the visual experience with awesome fly-through simulations that gave you the interactive feeling of being there – All with the highest-fidelity three-dimensional (3D) virtual representations of Beijing and the Olympic Venues that have ever been created.


Viewers watching the 2008 Games on America's premier television network, NBC, were thrilled by the "flying camera" scenes soaring over the city of Beijing between the numerous event locations and skimming around the inside of the various stadiums. In fact, these superb visualizations actually took place in a computer-generated three-dimensional (3D) virtual world.

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When the producers at NBC first conceived the idea of using this sophisticated concept, they turned to the world's leading experts: AEgis, who specialize in 3D modeling and simulation technology, and DigitalGlobe, the world’s leading provider of high-resolution commercial sub-meter satellite imagery. The result was the highest-fidelity virtual representation of Beijing ever created.

As illustrated below, the process commenced with a 3D wireframe representation of the terrain's topology. The data used to construct this particular model was derived from two DigitalGlobe high-resolution, map-accurate satellite images; for other projects, this could be combined with additional data captured by aircraft and/or locally obtained elevation data.

The 3D wireframe model was then overlaid with imagery captured by DigitalGlobe's high-resolution, highly-accurate satellites (this could have been augmented with additional imagery captured by low-flying aircraft and ground vehicles as required).

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The next step was to extract and extrude selected features from the imagery. In this case, certain buildings such as skyscrapers were deemed to be of interest. Special tools were used to examine the satellite imagery, determine the "footprints" (the floor-plan outlines) of the selected buildings, and "extrude" these buildings. This process involves a variety of sophisticated techniques, such as measuring the length of each building's shadow to determine its height based on the time of day at which the image was acquired.

Finally, detailed 3D models of the various Olympic venues were created, along with models of certain cultural features of special historic interest, such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China (the portion near Beijing), and the Beijing Capital International Airport.

... miracles take a little longer. It is difficult to fully comprehend the scale of this project or the incredible result achieved by AEgis and DigitalGlobe in such a short period of time (NBC first approached the companies in February 2008 and the entire system obviously had to be fully operational well before the Olympic commencement ceremony).

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In order to provide a point of reference, the imagery used by most commercial satellite companies does not have the accuracy, precision, and realism of the 3D models created by AEgis and DigitalGlobe. Furthermore, we are able to build our satellite sub-meter image-based 3D models with real-world views in a fraction of the time required using traditional tools. It is due to this speed that AEgis and DigitalGlobe can imagine, design, create, and deliver at a world-class pace.

For example, using advanced computational methods and rendering algorithms, AEgis and DigitalGlobe took only five weeks to create a 4,500 square kilometer model of the whole of Beijing using 0.61 meter (61 centimeter) imagery – some of the highest-resolution commercial data in the world. (In fact, rendering the terrain model – a process that would have taken days or weeks in the past – now required only minutes; the rest of the time was spent extruding the required buildings and constructing the detailed models of the Olympic venues and selected cultural features.)

Thus far, we have discussed only the Beijing portion of the project; in reality, the entire project undertaken by AEgis and DigitalGlobe for NBC's Olympic coverage involved seven cities (Beijing, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Tianjin) spanning more than 12,000 square kilometers, all of which was achieved in less than seven weeks.

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A number of factors contributed to this incredible achievement, including the fact that DigitalGlobe is the only company operating a constellation of sub-meter commercial imaging satellites. Together, AEgis and DigitalGlobe have created GeoSkyn, which combines 3D wireframe terrain topologies with DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imagery to render 3D representations of any area in the world as requested by our customers.

In addition to creating and deploying a wide range of simulation products and tools, AEgis also offers consulting services such as extracting and extruding buildings and creating high-fidelity models (visit the Elements 3D Models and Terrains website for more details).

GeoSkyn and the related products and services offered by AEgis and DigitalGlobe have wide-ranging applications that extend far beyond sporting events such as the Olympic Games. These tools and techniques are of interest for applications such as municipal planning, constructing commercial buildings and industrial complexes, event security, and so forth.

galleryhomepage/myriad01.jpg Architecture / Construction galleryhomepage/myriad02.jpg Municipal Planning galleryhomepage/myriad03.jpg Event Security galleryhomepage/myriad04.jpg Homeland Security

 

galleryhomepage/myriad05.jpg Disaster Planning galleryhomepage/myriad06.jpg Commercial Development galleryhomepage/myriad07.jpg Energy galleryhomepage/myriad08.jpg Industrial Complexes

 

galleryhomepage/myriad09.jpg Transportation galleryhomepage/myriad10.jpg Aerospace & Defense galleryhomepage/myriad11.jpg Entertainment galleryhomepage/myriad12.jpg Your Application
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The end result of using the advanced computational methods and rendering algorithms developed by AEgis and the satellite imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe is the ability to create 3D virtual models of any required location in the world – using the highest-resolution commercial data available – more than 4X faster at ¼ the cost of anyone else in the industry!


The combination of state-of-the-art models, tools and services from AEgis and high-resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe results in awesome 3D simulation capabilities in record-breaking time. For more details on 3D modeling, 3D simulation, and high-resolution satellite imagery please visit AEgis and DigitalGlobe.

 
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