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Infoterra prepares launch of cutting edge 3D city mapping tool – Skape

Infoterra Ltd, is a UK based provider of geographic information products and services. We have worked with them quite a lot over the years and they are one of the leading innovators in the field of commercial photogrammerty. It is therefore of note when they send a press release round regarding a brand new 3D city mapping service launching later this year which it says “will have to be seen to be believed”.

Named Skape, it aims to provide B2B professionals with presentational 3D city and mapping data as well as high accuracy building information of the UK’s major cities, all captured by the company’s own dedicated fleet of aircrafts and sensors.

The movie below provides a first look at Skapes output:

The days of grey scale buildings seem to of gone, with Google launching its automated photorealistic cities - see out post on 3D Birmingham - and Infoterra rolling out a similar commercial service it looks like we are entering a new phase of digital cities.

Skape will be launched to the market later this year. To register interest and to receive updates prior to launch, please visit

See also the Skape Blog for the latest news on the software, views and development.


  1. Anonymous11:12 AM

    as an enthusiast of gis and thematic-mapping I have to disagree with what you say about grey scale models being out-of-date. one thing is that they dont have to be grey but can have informing colors, they also can be multicolored (with internal distinctions).
    textured 3d city models are a representation of visual aspects of a city, while its nice and important for some purposes, there are other things you can do with 3d gis than just look at what is clearly visible in reality.

  2. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I agree - informing colours from a data point of view are much more useful, ie to identify landuse etc. I was referring to the 'block' greyscale models which are not selectable at building level... should of made that clearer :)

  3. Anonymous3:10 PM

    Don't know if it has been mentioned here before, C3 Technologies have been doing this kind of mapping for some time know.

  4. The mapping from C3 is also showing vegetation in 3D ulike this one from Skape. And vegetation is quite an important issue in the visual presentation of a city.