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3D mapping technology uses machine vision to aid in profiling objects in three dimensions to map them in the real world, providing the latest technical methods for visualization and information acquisition. 3D mapping requires the profiling of objects in three dimensions to map those objects in the real-world. You can also create 3D effects by detecting the light field using active 3D imaging techniques, and other plenoptic methods.
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While there are various types of 3D mapping, Autodesk’s principal focus is on 3D projection mapping, GIS mapping, and Drone mapping.
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3D projection mapping allows designers to use physical spaces and objects as the surface for a projection, instead of using a conventional screen. The process is also known as “video mapping,” and results in a visually striking effect. 3D projection mapping uses a combination of four factors (content, projection hardware, surface, and mapping) working in unison to create the visual experience.
GIS mapping is the process of inputting data layers into GIS software to produce a map, providing users with legible information that raw data can’t display on its own. GIS mapping transforms data into visual maps, making it the most effective way to display geographical data.
Drone mapping is the process of acquiring multiple aerial images and then stitching them together digitally with specialized software, creating a larger and more accurate composite image. The practice of drone mapping is called photogrammetry, and is used in fields such as topographic mapping, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, quality control, and more.
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Using 3D modeling features in AutoCAD, Andrei Visuals creates stunning 3D artwork and projection mapping for interactive media events.
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Reality capture and 3D modeling are helping this US government agency manage and protect the Glen Canyon Dam for generations to come.
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Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about 3D mapping and Autodesk’s software.
|What is 3D mapping?|
3D mapping allows users to profile objects in three dimensions, providing the latest technical methods for visualization and information acquisition. A 3D map provides a realistic view of a location that can be utilized by local authorities and planners. For the construction sector, a 3D map is as useful as a blueprint. It is very easy to visualize floor plans on a 3D map and identify possible obstructions which may occur during construction.
|How can I learn more about AutoCAD Map 3D toolset?|
Autodesk's AutoCAD Map 3D tutorials provide an overview of the product and hands-on exercises to help you learn various aspects of the software and its tools. Some of the tutorials will teach you more about the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset, creating a map file, assigning a coordinate system, connecting to data, and more.
|Does Autodesk offer free 3D mapping software for students?|
Autodesk offers free 3D Mapping software for students and educators, allowing you to use the same 3D and video mapping software as top professionals around the world. Simply confirm your eligibility, download the software, and get started. Learn more
|Can drones be used for 3D mapping?|
Yes! Drones and drone mapping software are used in construction to more accurately—and safely—capture valuable data from project sites. Drone surveying software allows data from aerial 3D mapping to be utilized effectively and holistically. Learn more