More and more clients now want to go beyond mapping into 3D modeling. Even in traditional surveying and mapping, the needs are changing, On the professional side, there is more and more interest in 3D modeling. An example is the ubiquitous Google maps – once strictly 2D but now giving users the experience of walking down a neighborhood street, viewing the houses.
While the equipment required is the same for both processes, drone operators who want a 3D model as a result will need to provide more oblique shots, providing images of the facades. With those, modeling software can create realistic 3D models or fly-through videos.
3D modeling can be used for commercial purposes like real estate; or to create more informative maps.
While agronomists may still find 3D maps most useful, construction, geospatial or real estate applications are finding more benefit from 3D modeling.