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2.5D maps with Blender and Tilemill

Posted by vvoovv on 2 June 2014 in English (English)

2.5D maps are ordinary 2D maps enhanced with a layer of 3D buildings rendered in the oblique projection.

2.5D maps

Two open source tools are used to generate 2.5D maps: Blender and Tilemill.

Detailed instruction is here.

I'll give a talk at SOTM-EU 2014 about 2.5D maps on Friday, June, 13 at 16.30

Blender is a 3D platform. It supports 3D modeling and rendering as well as many advanced features like animation, simulation, compositing, motion tracking, video editing and game creation. Here I describe my way way to learn Blender.

Blender is used to model buildings, georeference them and render in the oblique projection.

Tilemill is open source tool to create stunning interactive web maps. Tilemill is used to generate a 2D map and combine it with the layer of 3D buildings rendered in the oblique projection by Blender.

Who to report SPAM in the diaries?

Posted by vvoovv on 8 March 2014 in English (English)

I noticed SPAM in English is removed from the diaries quite promptly. What about the other languages? Who to report SPAM in the diaries?

Please remove that diary entry in Russian http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/weze/diary/21151 and maybe its author as well.

Videos of SotM Baltics 2013 talks

Posted by vvoovv on 14 August 2013 in English (English)

SotM Baltics: 3-4 August, Tartu: schedule

Posted by vvoovv on 17 July 2013 in English (English)

We are glad to announce that SotM Baltics schedule is ready: http://sotm-baltics.org/schedule.html

We have speakers from 7 countries.

You still have time to register for the conference: http://sotm-baltics.org/register.html

SotM Baltics: 3-4 August, Tartu: Call for Presentations

Posted by vvoovv on 20 June 2013 in English (English)

The State of the Map Baltics 2013 conference is calling for presentations: http://sotm-baltics.org/cfp.html

The call for presentations ends on Sunday, 7th of July. All speakers who are yet to register can do it only for 11 Euro instead of regular registration price 21 Euro.

SotM Baltics, 3-4 August: Early Bird registration is closing

Posted by vvoovv on 6 June 2013 in English (English)

Only 2 days left for the Early Bird registration of the conference SotM Baltics 2013.

Take the last chance to take part in the first Baltic OpenStreetMap conference for just 11 Euro: http://sotm-baltics.org/register.html

Payment can be made through a number of ways: - credit card - PayPal - bank transfer - cash at the conference

So far we've got a significant number of participants from Estonia and Russia. Mappers from Latvia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and Afghanistan are also registered for the conference.

There were complaints that it wouldn't be easy and cheap to get to Tartu and back. Believe me it's not true. I can help you to plan your trip. Just send me a note.

State of the Map Baltics conference will be held this year on the 3-4 of August in Tartu, Estonia. For the first time ever mappers, developers and users of OpenStreetMap from Baltic States, Russia, Finland and Sweden will come together to exchange knowledge, strenghten local communities and break the language barrier. Mappers from other countries are also welcomed!

Venue for SotM Baltics, 3-4 August, Tartu, Estonia

Posted by vvoovv on 30 May 2013 in English (English)

We've managed to get a wonderful venue for the SOTM Baltics!

The conference will be held in the main building of the University of Tartu: http://sotm-baltics.org/location.html

The conference hall is normally used for PhD defence and University Senate meetings. The University of Tartu was found in 1632, its main building was built more than 200 years ago.

Register before the 9th of June for just 10 Euro: http://sotm-baltics.org/register.html

The Call for Papers will be announced in a few days.

State of the Map Baltics conference will be held this year on the 3-4 of August in Tartu, Estonia. For the first time ever mappers, developers and users of OpenStreetMap from Baltic States, Russia, Finland and Sweden will come together to exchange knowledge, strenghten local communities and break the language barrier. Mappers from other countries are also welcomed!

SOTM Baltics 2013: 3-4 August, Tartu, Estonia

Posted by vvoovv on 23 May 2013 in English (English)

Good news for those missing SOTM in Birmingham or living close to Baltic Sea.

For the first time ever mappers, developers and users of OpenStreetMap from Baltic States, Russia and Finland will come together to exchange knowledge, strenghten local communities and break the language barrier. Mappers from other countries are also we

State of the Map Baltics conference will be held this year on the 3-4 of August in Tartu, Estonia.

Early Bird Registration for the SOTM Baltics is open: http://sotm-baltics.org

Register before the 9th of June for just 10 Euro!

Buildings from 1-2 photos or Google Sketchup as OSM editor

Posted by vvoovv on 24 February 2011 in English (English)

Please read the details at the OSM-wiki http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Google_Sketchup_Plugin

Google Sketchup as OSM editor

Posted by vvoovv on 14 February 2011 in English (English)

The first building tagged source = sketchup2osm is already in the OSM database:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/99697450/history

I'll release the source code by the 23th of February. I need to clean up the source code and write documentation.

It will be possible to map buildings using 1-2 ordinary photos via Photo Matching feature of Google Sketchup.

Main features:
- Import of an OSM file to Google Sketchup
- Import of a gps-track in NMEA format to Google Sketchup (support of GPX format comes a bit later)
- Export from Google Sketchup to an OSM-file

Screenshots:
http://img831.imageshack.us/i/osm2gsu.jpg/
http://img826.imageshack.us/i/osmgsu.jpg/

Photogrammetry: update

Posted by vvoovv on 10 March 2010 in English (English)

In order to simplify installation and further development we have rewritten Bundler's script in Python. Details about their installation and running as well as best practices to take photos for Bundler input can be found at the OSM-wiki:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Photogrammetry

Absolute orientation is unknown for 3D scene reconstructed by osm-bundler. So the problem is how to estimate the up-direction for the reconstructed scene.

One option would be to take into account the observation that "most photos are taken without significant twist (rotation about the camera’s viewing direction), and compute the up vector which minimizes the amount of residual
twist over all cameras." This method is used by the author of Bundler.

Also one can notice that most of buildings have vertical and horizontal edges. One could try to estimate a dominated direction that the reconstructed 3D points form.

If you have other ideas how to calculate up-direction please post them in the OSM-forum: http://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=6703

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