View From the Sky - 2010 Winter Olympics; Vancouver, Canada
The opening day for the 2010 Winter Olympics is February 12, 2010 and so soon we will be watching the best athletes in the world compete for glory in Vancouver. Geospatial technology has been incorporated in these Olympics by Vancouver city planners to show the event venues using high-resolution satellite imagery and digital elevation models. If you watched the 2008 Bejing Summer Olympics on NBC, then you might have noticed the 3D ImageScape models with realistic buildings and cultural features. These models were created by DigitalGlobe and Aegis utilizing ImageScapeTM technology.
ImageScape is a combination of high-resolution satellite or aerial imagery, a digital elevation model and software that provides high speed viewing capabilities. The proprietary software is capable of 60 frames per second. These visual representations are delivered without loss of image quality and/or accuracy as this maintained within one meter of the source imagery. At this time, the ImageScape models that will be shown for the 2010 Olympics have not been announced. I would expect that venues such as the ski jumps, downhill ski course, snowboard half pipe and main stadium will be shown on NBC. This will be the first year winter venues will be depicted using advanced 3D geospatial technology…enjoy the models! And please let us know if you have any questions regarding 3D ImageScape products.
P.S. Keep your eye on Nordic Combined Champion Johnny Spillane. Johnny recently won the Nordic Combined World Cup in Steamboat this year (his hometown), go Johnny!
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Below is a 3D ImageScape example of Mt Kilimanjaro, Kenya.
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