Creating point clouds from 360 photos

I was talking to a LiDaR equipment manufacturer yesterday about adding a LiDaR scanner to create ground level point clouds for my clients (usually forestry management companies).

After a bit of research, it seems you can already do this 360 images on their own without the need for an expensive scanner (like the example above I found on the internet). Which got me excited because it could be a new revenue stream for old captures.

Does anyone have any experience doing this? I’d be grateful for any software recommendations to get me started.

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Dive into Structure from Motion (SfM) from Mapillary!

Take a look at: https://github.com/mapillary/OpenSfM

I am working on a wiki for “OpenWanderer”, I’dd love to integrate this tech as a module, Since this tech also can improve geo-location of imagery!

so when you have figured it out, let us know :wink:

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@ajp88, sounds interrsting! Can you tell a bit more about what you do?

Great tip @Eesger!

Mapillary displayed point clouds a few years ago in the web app.

This post describes more about that (and how OpenSFM powers it):

If you’re technical, that post will get you started.

I’m hopeful point clouds might come back to the web app given their recent announcements:

Fingers crossed!

Only decade old experience with Microsoft Research’s Potosynth v1. It was killed off.

You may be interested in this too https://opencv.org/about/

There is something in my memory I have come across as an open source tool for creating point clouds, but I cannot find it.

You might enjoy my latest blog post @ajp88

A little self promotion, but check out the Free and Open Source OpenDroneMap (based on OpenSfM). You can take 360 camera images and make point clouds, ala:

More to come in this space.

I’d also recommend checking out https://www.pixel8.earth/ , the team there are working on converting action cam footage to point clouds.

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