Over on Google+ this morning, Autodesk's Shaan Hurley, Autodesk Technology Evangelist, posted, "Great list of free software for students. Back to School with Cool FREE Autodesk Software", linking to his Autodesk Between the Lines blog.
His post, Back to School with Cool FREE Software, lists examples of free software available in the Autodesk Student Community along with several other free software from Autodesk, like Project Photofly.
I'd heard about Project Photofly over the interwebs, but hadn't really looked into it until now. This looks like a cool and useful tool to have in your toolbox. And, it's free. Here's some info from the Autodesk Labs Project Photofly website:
Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, rapid energy analysis, add-on design, historic preservation, game development, visual effects, fun, etc.) is now possible using your standard point and shoot digital camera thanks to advanced computer vision technologies made available through Project Photofly.
- Allows anyone with a digital camera to create near accurate 3D models from photographs using the web.
- Utilizes common point and shoot digital cameras.
- Harnesses the power of cloud computing to translate photos into detailed 3D models.
- 3D models can be manipulated by design software (e.g., AutoCAD, Inventor, 123D).
- Allows sharing through YouTube, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Watch this Video about Autodesk Labs Project Photofly
Project Photofly is a cloud-based service that converts 2D photographs to 3D computer models. It is available as a free technology preview on Autodesk Labs. This video demonstrates how to take a series of photographs with a standard digital camera to maximize the results.
Couldn't You Use Project Photfly in Your Professional Land Surveyor Practice?
It would seem to me that Project Photofly is something you could use to enhance your surveying and in your professional land surveyor practice. I know, that I'll be giving Project Photofly a whirl, and I'll report back here to give you an update.