New 3D Surface Models from Vricon Available through Cesium ion

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Earlier this year we announced our partnership with Vricon to provide their 3D Surface Models through Cesium ion. We’re happy to now provide even more of their amazing content with highly detailed datasets for seven new locations.

The announcement coincides with our joint appearance in booth 681 at I/ITSEC, the modeling, simulation, and training event taking place December 2-6, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

Vricon collects incredibly accurate photogrammetry data of the most hard to capture places in the world. 3D Tiles was made for massive-scale high-precision rendering for just this type of data, so the accuracy of Vricon’s data - 50 cm with an absolute accuracy of 3m - is preserved when rendered in CesiumJS or any application that supports 3D Tiles.

Exploring Mount Saint Helens in CesiumJS. This 3D Tileset captured by Vricon covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometers in Washington State and is now available on the Cesium ion asset depot.

3D Tilesets of the following seven locations are available to Cesium users - free for non-commercial use for 30 days, until January 6:

  • Caracus, Venezuela
  • Damascus, Syria
  • Tehran, Iran
  • Honolulu, HI
  • New York City, NY
  • Washington, DC
  • Washington State

This means developers can access high quality 3D content to use in their applications with just a few clicks. All you have to do is login or sign up for an ion account, and head over to the Asset Depot to start streaming these 3D Tilesets to your applications on any device. The Washington State dataset is by far one of the largest 3D Tilesets we’ve made available on the asset depot so far, covering an area of over 60,000 square kilometers.

Vricon's data on the asset depotYou can access Vricon’s 3D Surface Models in Cesium ion’s asset depot. Click “Add to my assets” to start using it.

We’ll be showing off these new datasets this week at booth 681 at I/ITSEC, the leading conference dedicated to modeling, simulation, and training, which brings together professionals in defense, aviation, and emergency response. We’ll be demonstrating how Cesium’s high performance platform can seamlessly fuse real-world data from many sources to create geospecific training simulations.

Real-World Data in Action

We’ll be showing off these new datasets this week at booth 681 at I/ITSEC, the leading conference dedicated to modeling, simulation, and training, which brings together professionals in defense, aviation, and emergency response. We’ll be demonstrating how Cesium’s high performance platform can seamlessly fuse real-world heterogeneous datasets to create geospecific training simulations. That’s one reason we’re so excited about Vricon’s high quality data.

Below, a high resolution capture of a campsite is stitched into the much larger photogrammetry dataset of Washington State. This allows simulations of dynamic entities like tanks to seamless navigate across datasets.

A high resolution campsite is stitched into a lower resolution 3D Tileset. This allows the dynamic tank 3D model to roll seamlessly across these heterogeneous datasets.

Using real-world data like this allows you to create much more useful simulations. We can visualize the effective range of this attack helicopter’s mounted machine gun as it sweeps the area along its planned route. The range and shape of this sensor volume are completely customizable.

The Cesium Analytics SDK is used to visualize the effective range of this AH-64E Apache helicopter's mounted machine gun as it sweeps the area along its planned route.

We can even place the view inside the vehicle to see exactly what the operator will see from their point of view.

Simulating the point of view of the operator in the helicopter makes it easy to see where the blind spots are .

We’d love to hear about your use case. Come see us in Orlando this week at booth 681, or send us a note to get in touch.

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