ContextCapture Center

Master bridge engineering


3D models of any scale from digital photographs


With ContextCapture Center, you can quickly produce even the largest and most challenging 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, including scales as large as entire cities, derived from any digital photographs. It will provide support for the most sophisticated aerial camera systems, including UAVs acquisition systems and laser scanners. Without the need for expensive and specialized equipment, you can quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D reality meshes to provide precise real-world context for design, construction, and operations decisions for use throughout the lifecycles of projects.


Develop precise reality meshes, affordably, with less investment of time and resources in specialized acquisition devices and associated training. You can easily produce 3D engineering-ready reality meshes using photos taken with an ordinary camera or combine the photos with point clouds from laser scanners resulting in fine details, sharp edges, and geometric accuracy.
You will have the confidence to reliably deliver any size or resolution model in less time without risks of software limitations. You can create highly detailed models of virtually any size and/or precision, up to city scale, much faster than previously possible thanks to support for parallel processing using multiple computers.


You can access and share these rich reality meshes of existing conditions for use in any engineering or GIS workflow. You can easily and consistently share information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation. You can even leverage a software development kit to create custom solutions to fit your unique organizational needs.


Extend your capabilities to extract value from reality modeling data with ContextCapture Editor, a 3D CAD module for editing and analyzing reality data, included with ContextCapture Center. ContextCapture Editor enables fast and easy manipulation of meshes of any scale as well as the generation of cross sections, extraction of ground and breaklines, and production of orthophotos, 3D PDFs, and iModels. You can integrate your meshes with GIS and engineering data to enable the intuitive search, navigation, visualization, and animation of that information within the visual context of the mesh to quickly and efficiently support the design process. 

ContextCapture Center Capabilities

Consume imagery from many cameras and sensor types
  • Utilize a wide variety of cameras, from smartphones to highly-specialized airborne or terrestrial multidirectional acquisition systems. Take advantage of any available image format and metadata to create 3D models.
Consume laserscan data
  • Import static or mobile laserscan data. Combine it with photos to get very high accuracy reality meshes.
Create animations, videos, and fly-throughs
  • Produce high-resolution orthographic and perspective images by rendering snapshots of any size. Set image size and scales using output rulers, scale, and positioning for accurate reuse. Take advantage of the intuitive time-based fly-through and object animation system for quick and easy movie production.
Create high-fidelity images
  • Use high-fidelity imaging tools to support precision mapping and engineering. Combine imagery in virtually any format and projection.
Create scalable terrain models
  • Use and display very large terrain models to increase return on investment on large datasets. Display scalable terrain models in a variety of modes, such as smooth shading with shadows, aspect angle, elevation, slope, contours, and more. Synchronize terrain models with source data such as DGN files, point-cloud data, and more.
Employ scalable computing power
  • Speed production with the ability to use the latest computing systems for desktop and cluster processing units with the ability to leverage GPU computing, multi-core computing, advanced bundle block adjustment, tiling mechanisms, task queuing and monitoring, grid computing, and ultra large project management.
Generate 2D and 3D GIS models
  • Produce accurate georeferenced 3D models using a full range of geospatial data types including true orthophotos, point clouds, raster digital elevation models and Esri I3S format. Includes an SRS database interface to ensure interoperability with your GIS solution of choice.
Generate 3D CAD models
  • Produce 3D models using a range of traditional CAD formats such as STL, OBJ or FBX, point cloud formats, as well as innovative multiresolution meshes like the Bentley open 3SM or 3MX to ensure your models are accessible in your modeling environment.
Integrate data from many sources with reality meshes
  • Enrich reality meshes with additional data like geospatial information, by attaching it to specific parts of the mesh, providing the ability to subsequently search and visualize regions of a mesh based on the associated data.
Integrate positioning data
  • Leverage ground control points or GPS tags to precisely georeference models. This enables you to geocoordinate your project and accurately measure coordinates, distances, areas, and volumes.
Measure and analyze model data
  • Save time getting accurate answers by performing precise measurements of distances, volumes, and surface areas directly within the 3D viewing interface.
Model geometry from reality modeling data
  • Extract break lines, paint lines, surfaces, planes, cylinder, and cylinder center lines from reality meshes and point clouds. Efficiently clip and section point cloud and reality meshes to streamline vector extraction. ​
Perform automatic aerotriangulation and 3D reconstruction
  • Fully calibrate all images by automatically identifying the relative position and orientation of each photo. Employ automatic 3D reconstruction, texture mapping, and retexturing of ties and reconstruction constraints to ensure highly accurate models.
Perform automatic photo block alignment on point clouds
  • During aerotriangulation process, automatically adjust the photo block to fit point clouds, resulting in precise calibration and alignment of the two data sources to create a high-fidelity reality mesh.
Perform simultaneous navigation and viewing in 2D images and a 3D reality mesh
  • Take advantage of photo navigation to analyze and perform quality assessment by clicking a point in the reality mesh to display full resolution photos and the synchronized 3D scene.
Publish and view Web-ready models
  • Produce models of any size that are optimized for Web publishing and that can be viewed using a free plugin Web viewer. This enables instant sharing and visualization of 3D models on the Web.
Visualize, analyze, and measure reality meshes prior to final production
  • Take advantage of the Splat display mode after aerotriangulation to view a draft of the reality mesh for faster insight to perform quality assessment, photo navigation, and measurement tasks.
Visualize, manipulate and edit reality modeling data
  • Visualize and edit point clouds with billions of points, changing their classification, color and removing or editing points. Manipulate reality meshes and scalable terrain models with hundreds of millions of triangles. Import, retouch, and export meshes in many formats.