Bluesky Models Transform Real Estate Marketing with Lunas 3D Visualisations

by | Jun 24, 2021

Leicestershire, UK, 24 June 2021 - Photorealistic 3D models from aerial mapping specialist Bluesky are being used to create real-world interactive visualisations to transform how unbuilt commercial and residential property is presented for sale. Created by 3D rendering company Lunas, the real estate presentations can be run on interactive touch displays including tables and giant video walls, as well as on mobile phones, tablets and websites.


Using the Bluesky MetroVista mesh models as a base, new developments are shown in-situ and potential purchasers can interact with the surrounding environment, explore the neighbourhood and even experience different weather conditions.


In order to create these presentations, we need up-to-date base maps of the highest visual quality and geographic accuracy, commented Slava Oganesian, CEO and Co-founder of Montreal-based Lunas Inc. Which is why we worked with Bluesky. The MetroVista data captures a city as it actually is, with highly accurate LiDAR measurements of the terrain and existing developments and unparalleled visual records achieved through the simultaneous capture of both vertical and oblique aerial images.


Building on our work to date with Bluesky we hope to create 3D twins for all major cities, Oganesian continued, showcasing our urban centres as they are today and revealing how they will look for future generations.   


Called L-Touch, the visualisation application is designed to help developers communicate future development plans to secure permission to proceed with a proposal and market the development for investment and sales. Suitable for use on a variety of platforms, L-Touch presentations provide a bird's eye view of a project once built; affording a 360-degree view which can be rotated and viewed from different perspectives and different scales. Office buildings, apartment blocks and even hotels can be marketed with additional detail such as price and floor plans.


The visualisations can then be manipulated to show how they are positioned in relation to the sun, experience the view from the balcony and understand proximity to local services such as public transport, green space and leisure facilities. L-Touch can also be used to showcase different conditions and scenarios such as weather events, rush-hour traffic and even future developments nearby.


L-Touch uses the latest gaming technology to optimise and manipulate the Bluesky MetroVista data. Captured using the world's first large format imagery and LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor, the Bluesky data includes simultaneously captured oblique and vertical aerial photography. The MetroVista datasets also include geographically accurate, phototextured, mesh models ready for use in 3D GIS, CAD and other modelling software as well as visualisation, gaming and Virtual Reality workflows.




Shaun Vincent “ Sales and Mapping Specialist, Bluesky, Tel: 800-359-8676 x209, [email protected]

Robert Peel “ Editorial Contact, Spatially Aware, Tel: +44 (0) 1666 823306, [email protected]


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About Bluesky:


Bluesky acquired Massachusetts-based aerial survey company Col-East in 2017. Col-East has been aerial mapping in the Northeast States for more than 65 years and has a long-established reputation for very high-quality topographic mapping with particular expertise in specialized aerial surveys such as high precision aeronautical mapping requiring highly skilled analysis.


As well as topographical mapping and aeronautical work, Col-East offered a range of aerial imaging services such as the production of terrain models, orthophotos and volumetrics, providing cost-effective mapping solutions from estates to development sites and complex transportation corridors. Col-East also owned a huge archive of aerial photography that had been captured over many years and dates to 1946. 



Bluesky International is the leading aerial survey and geographic data company in the UK producing and maintaining seamless digital aerial photography and height data on a national scale in both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Bluesky also undertakes bespoke surveys, including LiDAR, for a range of public and private sector clients.


Bluesky International operates a range of aircraft and sensors including three Ultracam Eagle Mark 3s, two CityMappers which allows the simultaneous collection of vertical and oblique imagery as well as LiDAR data, and a Galaxy LiDAR which is mounted with a thermal sensor and survey grade camera. These systems put Bluesky International in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost-effective geospatial solutions.


As well as being an established and respected aerial survey company Bluesky International is also highly innovative and continually strives to develop new products and services by embracing new technology and methods. This has resulted in the development of some unique products such as the National Tree Map (NTM).


These datasets underpin long term contracts with local and central governments and many major blue-chip companies from a range of market sectors including financial services, utilities, telecoms, web portals, construction and environment.  Bluesky International has offices in the UK, US, Republic of Ireland and a dedicated production centre in India.




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