If you didn’t join us for last month’s “UltraMap Tech Preview” webcast featuring Alexander Wiechert and Bernhard Schachinger from our Graz office, you missed a really good one. It was an extremely informative and well-attended webcast that ran slightly longer than scheduled due to interest and questions from participants. You still have an opportunity to see the webcast “on demand” by watching the recording at our UltraCam Events web page: www.UltraCamEvents.com.
The webcast, as promised in our promotions, shares the enhancements coming to UltraMap 3.0, scheduled for beta this Spring and release mid 2012. This includes highly-automated functionality to rapidly create high-density point clouds, digital surface models, and orthophotos. These capabilities will be new to the commercial software package but have been developed and used for the Virtual Earth/Bing Maps program since the acquisition of the Vexcel companies in May 2006 (read: proven technology!).
While I found the entire webcast presentation informative, I was especially interested in the discussion about using UltraMap 3.0 along with overlapping UltraCam imagery as an alternative to LiDAR to generate point clouds with more points than you might expect from LiDAR. During this discussion, Alexander–who worked with LiDAR devices prior to joining Microsoft–candidly shares those applications typically served by LiDAR that can now be served more efficiently by photogrammetry and those he believes are still best left to LiDAR, for now.
Carve just an hour out of your day and watch the recorded webcast. Well worth it. UltraMap v3.0 and the UltraCam Eagle are going to be a combination to bring new levels of efficiency to organizations producing aerial imagery and derivitive products.
– Jerry Skaw, Sales and Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team