Bluesky Adds Scottish Cities to MetroVista 3D City Line-up



Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has added Edinburgh and Glasgow to its growing coverage of MetroVista 3D city models. Acquired using a state-of-the-art aerial sensor that simultaneously captures vertical and oblique imagery together with high point density LiDAR, MetroVista data is becoming increasingly popular for smart city applications. Providing a geographically accurate and detailed 3D representation of the urban environment, MetroVista data has already provided insight for a range of applications including urban design, defence and security modelling, insurance assessments and utility and telecom planning.


“We are becoming progressively more urbanised which places pressures on those charged with managing this environment and delivering services within it,” commented Ralph Coleman, Director of Sales at Bluesky International. “In order to make informed and joined-up decisions it is essential to not only visualise how our cityscapes currently look but be able to measure, model and analyse the impact of new developments.


“Using MetroVista 3D models we can visualise the present and simulate the future, enabling analysis of the impact and engaging communication of the results, all with a high degree of confidence and without leaving the office.”


Bluesky captured the urban centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2021 and the data is now available as ultra-high resolution 5-centimetre aerial photography together with 16 points per metre (ppm) LiDAR. The data is also being processed to create a fully rendered mesh model suitable for use in a range of GIS, CAD and modelling software packages.


The Leica CityMapper sensor, used to capture MetroVista data, was the world’s first hybrid airborne sensor. The first camera captures vertical, or nadir, true ortho aerial photography, in both RGB and near infrared, whilst the remaining four cameras provide complete 360-degree oblique coverage. Combined with data from the integrated high-density LiDAR, this allows for the production, with minimal manual interaction, of accurate and detailed, citywide mesh models.


Bluesky, the only commercial aerial mapping company in the UK with complete coverage of high-resolution imagery and height data of England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, was the first to exploit the power of this new technology in Europe. Launched to market as MetroVista the Bluesky data is available as standalone datasets (vertical / oblique / LiDAR point clouds) or processed data (digital terrain or surface models (DTM/DSMs) or fully rendered 3D mesh models).


Since acquiring the first CityMapper in Europe, Bluesky has captured more than 1,500 sqkm of MetroVista data to date including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Leicester, London, Nottingham and Oxford plus many more.

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