What's new in SURE 4.0

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Surpassing UR Expectations with SURE 4.0

Stronger Engines

  • Optimized True Ortho Engine - sharper edges and improved completeness in DSM & True Ortho

  • New 3D Mesh Engine - optimized performance, geometry and web streaming formats

  • New LiDAR Engine - data fusion for more accuracy and completeness

Better Workflows

  • New Editor Workflows - more intuitive DSM editing for True Ortho improvements and 3D Mesh editing workflows

  • Out-of-the-box Distributed Processing - connect computers easily and scale production

  • Shapefile support - import 3D & 2D shapefiles for waterbodies and surface corrections

Overall Improvements

  • Improved support for wide range of flight configurations - more robustness, better geometry for mixed flights and complex acquisition patterns

  • Global colour balancing - equalizing colour across datasets captured with varying light conditions

  • Point-wise precision values for Dense Clouds and DSMs

  • Noise reduction in shadows using per point precision for adaptive filtering


SURE Engines

Improvements and new implementations within the SURE Engines.

True Ortho Engine
  • sharper edges
    • quality of building edges is improved by introducing bilateral filtering
  • improved completeness
    • much larger data holes can be covered by using an improved interpolation method leading to less gaps
  • smoother colour experience
    • undesired speckle phenomena are decreased by adjusting speckle filtering
    • much smoother boundaries between different imagery used for texturing, e.g. when texturing occluded areas
  • better overall geometrical quality
    • improved outlier rejection
  • point-wise precision values for DSMs


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3D Mesh Engine


 

  • faster production performance
  • 711pxmore realistic reconstruction of geometry
    • sharper edges
    • flatter walls
    • more realistic reconstruction of thin objects
    • removal of flying objects
  • optimized texture
    • more true colour representation → Optimized selection of images to be considered
    • Improved size and number of textures
    • Optimized selection of images to be considered
  • highly optimized web streaming formats
    • new Level-of-Detail structure
      • providing a smooth zooming experience
      • faster Mesh loading through authentic simplification while maintaining geometric quality
    • Improved Cesium coordinate system transformation to avoid gaps between tiles
    • Optimized Cesium bounding volumes for faster data loading
    • consistent level transition
    • ready for Cesium, ESRI and more
  • added point-wise precision values for Dense Clouds
    • Dense Cloud .las files contain geometrical  precision value
    • noise reduction in shadows using point-wise precision values for adaptive filtering


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LiDAR Engine
  • Enabled data fusion for more accuracy and completeness
    • combining LiDAR and image data
    • robust surface estimation
  • Enabled support for LiDAR trajectories
    • support for .sbet and .sol formats
    • leading to improvements of 3D Mesh quality
  • LiDAR only
    • providing results without requiring an orientation solution
    • possibility of texturing 3D LiDAR Meshes
SURE Workflows

Improvements and new implementations within the SURE workflows.

Editing Workflows
  • SURE Editor
    • more intuitive DSM editing for True Ortho improvements
  • added hybrid Mesh editing workflows with Autodesk Meshmixer
Distributed Processing
  • connect computers easily and scale production
  • better usability
    • Better integration of distributed processing master messages in the GUI and the log file
    • Better handling of distributed processing processes, so manual intervention (e.g. terminating orphaned processes using the task manager) is no longer required
    • Improved logging when using distributed processing
    • All distributed processing options now have automatic presets
    • Distributed processing results are now merged earlier
  • more robustness / stability
    • More robust extraction of distributed processing files on the node
    • More robust handling of errors on nodes when using distributed processing
Shapefile Support
  • new 2D Shapefile Support
    • for waterbodys
    • for surface corrections
  • Improved shapefile compatibility
  • Overlapping waterbody shapes are now supported
  • More accurate results when using waterbody shapes with LiDAR data in the 3D workflow


SURE global - Affecting all engines

Improvements and new implementations affecting SURE overall.

Stereo Model Selection
  • Improved support for wide range of flight configurations, so e.g. circular patterns are optimally supported
  • more robustness and better geometry for mixed flights and complex acquisition patterns
  • Added stereo model selection statistics to log output
Global Colour Balancing
  • equalizing colour across datasets captured with varying light conditions

Cloud Processing

  • Cloud processing offered as an added-service (Catalysts)
Third Party Compatibility
  • Added support for HxMap orientations (gori)
  • Simplified Agisoft orientation input, original images can be used directly, no undistortion mandatory any more
  • Meshes can be analyzed using Supermap iDesktop
  • Mesh: Added support for I3S (SLPK) format
User Experience
  • new GUI design
  • new output folder structure
  • clearer parameter naming
  • Progress bars in the status tab in the GUI are now correctly updated
  • Subprojects count parameter was replaced with subproject size
  • Version number is now three digits long
Runtime and Storage
  • Tiled texture images are now generated if necessary to improve runtime
  • Generated 8-bit texture images are now compressed to save disk space
  • Improved runtime when using area polygon for several modules