ContextCapture applications

ContextCapture applies to a variety of application areas where it dramatically enhances productivity or even opens new business opportunities.

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3D Cartography

  • geographic portals
  • topographic databases

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Architecture, engineering & construction

  • land and urban surveying and planning
  • as-built 3D modeling
  • construction site monitoring
ContextCapture is becoming the standard solution for city-scale 3D mapping. It has already been chosen by leading mapping and surveying professionals to generate high resolution photorealistic 3D models of Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne, Stockholm… but also smaller urban areas. Read our case study on city-scale 3D mapping
Without any human intervention and within hours, ContextCapture can generate an accurately georeferenced photorealistic 3D model of the neighborhood of a construction project or of an active construction site, thus providing an important tool for impact assessment, decision-making, or project monitoring.

Defense, intelligence & homeland security

  • tactical decision-making
  • mission rehearsal
  • training & simulation

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Media, entertainment & e-commerce

  • video games & visual effects production
  • 3D avatars creation
  • 3D catalogs
Knowing the terrain is a key asset when time comes to deploy troops for homeland security, natural disasters or war operations. Using photos and videos from various sensors and platforms, ContextCapture allows experts and operational troops to be better prepared and to take better decisions, thanks to quickly yet accurately reconstructed 3D models of the natural and man-made environment.
Video games and visual effects demand more and more realistic 3D models, for which traditional 3D modeling techniques involve prohibitive cost and time. ContextCapture can automatically turn simultaneous shots of an object or of a character’s face or body to an accurate 3D model than can easily be integrated into the 3D editing and rendering workflow.

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  • reverse engineering
  • rapid prototyping
  • 3D printing

Resources & energy

  • mining & quarry operations
  • pipeline surveying
  • oil & gas exploration
ContextCapture constitutes a cheaper, more flexible and hence more generalizable alternative to laser scanning for reverse-engineering and rapid prototyping, since it requires a simple camera for acquisition instead of an expensive special device. ContextCapture can not only produce a dense point cloud that has to be processed/analyzed with some dedicated software, but also a textured 3D mesh, much more amenable to display, editing or 3D printing.
The high resolution 3D models produced by ContextCapture allow to accurately estimate volumes of excavation for open-pit mines and quarries, or to detect changes or anomalies in the vicinity of pipelines. Thanks to the low acquisition costs allowed by unmanned aerial vehicles, a 3D model can be produced on a regular basis to participate in a 4D (3D + time) analysis. ContextCapture also allows to capture geological outcrops from simple photographs, and analyze them from an oil and gas exploration perspective.

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Cultural heritage

  • art
  • archaeology

Scientific analysis

  • geology
  • forensics
ContextCapture is able to capture the finest details of buildings, sculptures, bas-reliefs, archaeological sites and excavations, from simple photographs taken on the field by non-expert operators, without any special device. This allows to extend the use of 3D digitization far beyond the current applicability of laser scanning, with the same benefits in terms of preservation, analysis, education and communication. Read our case study on cultural heritage digitization
Allowing to accurately capture the tip of a volcano or a crime scene from a few photographs, ContextCapture is a valuable tool for geologists and criminologists.

Please contact us to understand how ContextCapture could create value in your business.