Cesium builds 3D data visualization app for construction giant Komatsu
Cesium, a startup dedicated to making 3D geospatial data accessible, shareable, and ultimately usable, has joined forces with Komatsu, the world’s second-largest construction equipment manufacturer. To enable Japan-based Komatsu to make their construction sites more efficient and safer, Cesium has built a Smart Construction app that would leverage 3D tiling pipelines to process and fuse data from multiple sources.
For Komatsu, these sources include its own intelligent machines, such as excavators, bulldozers, and dump trucks, that collect time-dynamic 3D geolocated data about earthworks construction sites. The company also conducts periodic GPS rover surveys and flies drones over the construction sites to collect point clouds, DTM/DSM, and orthoimages.
With Cesium’s Smart Construction app, all datasets can be visualized in one place and project managers can virtually monitor a construction site from anywhere in the world. To give you a glimpse of how the app will allow Komatsu executives to watch the changes in the construction site over time, these are some of the examples of the fast GPU-accelerated computations that the dashboard enables:
- Cut and fill to determine the progress between any two points in time
- Volume and distance measurements to analyze stockpiles
- Cross-sections, slope, and contour to quickly understand the terrain
Further, the target CAD design model can be uploaded in the Smart Construction app to compare architectural plans with real-world data. Cesium has designed the app to enable end-to-end workflow and meet all requirements for graphics and reports as well.
Patrick Cozzi, CEO of Cesium, asserts, “Komatsu shares our vision to realize the potential of 3D geospatial data.” While Rod Schrader, Chairman and CEO of Komatsu’s North American operations, sums up thusly: “Together, Komatsu and Cesium are bringing a new era of innovation to the construction industry. As experts in 3D data visualization, computer graphics, and open-source software, Cesium’s technology will help power our Smart Construction Dashboard.”
Want to publish QGIS maps online? Try GIS Cloud’s fantastic new plugin
The free and open-source geographic information system (GIS) software, QGIS, brings mapping at the fingertips of numerous governments, businesses, NGOs, and independent developers around the world. The core functionality of the Python-based software can be extended further by using plugins – the small programs that run within the system and allow many new features to be added easily to the application. And this week, a nifty new QGIS plugin by the world’s first online GIS company, GIS Cloud, has grabbed our attention.
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