In Spring 2017, I came across a cool new tool – Drone Deploy – which can be used to create 3D images (and more) by stitching together thousands of geo-tagged images taken with a drone.
The results are very cool – it creates an almost video game like 3D model of the building, scenery or whatever you’ve photographed. There are other views as well: one that shows “plant health” and another that shows the height of elements of the landscape. In another test, earlier today, I photographed a flat area of Verulamium Park, in St. Albans, where once stood a Roman city. It was possible, toggling between the landscape and plant health views, to locate the underground foundations of some of those ruins.
In the embed below, you can explore the ruins of Sopwell Priory (known locally as Sopwell Nunnery) in St. Albans, which was built in around 1140 AD. Double click to move towards a specific object. Use your trackpad’s up or down motions (two fingers on a mac) to zoom in and out.