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What is photogrammetry?

Photogrammetry is the art and science of extracting 3D information from photographs. The process involves taking overlapping photographs of an object, structure, or space, and converting them into 2D or 3D digital models.

Photogrammetry is often used by surveyors, architects, engineers, and contractors to create topographic maps, meshes, point clouds, or drawings based on the real-world.

Types of photogrammetry

There are two primary types of photogrammetry: aerial and close-range.

Close-range photogrammetry

Close-range photogrammetry is when images are captured using a handheld camera or with a camera mounted to a tripod. The output of this method is not to create topographic maps, but rather to make 3D models of a smaller object. 

Aerial photogrammetry

The process of utilizing aircrafts to produce aerial photography that can be turned into a 3D model or mapped digitally. Now, it is possible to do the same work with a drone. Drones have made it easier to safely capture hard-to-access or inaccessible areas where traditional surveying (US site) could be dangerous or impractical.

How is photogrammetry software used?

Building design and renovation

ATFF used ReCap for accurate site capture, project visualization, and BIM creation for this Aiguilles hospital renovation project.

Other applications of photogrammetry

Infrastructure projects

U. S. Bureau of Reclamation used ReCap and 3D modeling to help manage and protect the Glen Canyon Dam for generations to come.

Digital preservation

Autodesk, Case Technologies, and the Volterra-Detroit Foundation scanned key historical and archaeological sites in the ancient city of Volterra in Italy.

Try ReCap Pro for 30 days

Try ReCap Pro free for 30 days and use laser scan and photo data to create 2D and 3D models. Includes ReCap Photo, our photogrammetry app built for UAV and drone processes.

ReCap Photo

ReCap Photo is our cloud-connected solution tailored for drone/UAV photo capturing workflows. Using ReCap Photo, you can create textured meshes, point clouds with geolocation, and high-resolution orthographic views with elevation maps.

Getting started with reality capture

Reality capture is the process of scanning an object, building, or site and producing a digital model.

  • Intro to reality capture

    Learn what reality capture is and why adoption of it is increasing in the design and construction industry.

  • Free eBook

    Download this free eBook to find out how reality capture is changing the design and construction industry.

  • Video tutorial

    Learn reality capture workflows and how to integrate laser and photogrammetric scans into Revit.

  • Tips for set up

    Here's a roundup of tips, tricks, and best practices for getting quality results when capturing photos.

Workflows for photogrammetry

  • Converting photogrammetry to 3D models

  • Drone workflows with the AEC Collection

Free photogrammetry software

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Photogrammetry resources

Learn more about photogrammetry with these tutorials, tips, and guides.