Model Builder Images – Adjusting Detail

Model Builder Images – Adjusting Detail

Let’s look at a couple scenarios:

  1. You’re working in a remote area of the world and you’ve created a model of your site using Model Builder but when you open it, you notice that you don’t get any images, just a white screen with a camera with a “do not” sign on top of it.
    No Images in this Area

    No Images in this Area

    No Data (zoomed way in)

    No Data (zoomed way in)

  2. You’re working in an area that has quite a bit of data available via Bing but what you see when you open your model created from Model Builder isn’t the most detailed imagery.

    I know there's better data for this area.

    I know there’s better data for this area.

What do you do in these situations? Well, you adjust the Bing imagery via the Data Connection panel. Last month I showed you how you can connect directly to the Bing image sources for any model you have and how to adjust that. Well, when Model Builder creates your model for you, it does exactly that, it creates a connection to the Bing images that you can then adjust afterwards.

Open your Data Sources (click the orange “I”, the boxy looking icon, and then the Data Sources button).

Data Connect

Data Sources

In the Data Sources panel, right click on the “imagery” data source listed under Ground Imagery and choose “Configure…”

Configure Data Source

Configure Data Source

In the Configure Data Sources dialog box, switch to the Raster tab. At the bottom of the dialog you’ll see the options for the Bing imagery. By default, Model Builder chooses tile level 17 for the images. If you want better detail, change to 18 or 19. If you don’t see images in your area, change to a smaller number. Be forwarned, if you have a large area, changing to tile level 19 can take quite a while to regenerate the images.

Change Image Resolution

Change Image Resolution

Once you’ve hit “Close and Refresh”, you’re model will download the new data and display it in your model. I changed the model of the park (with the railroad) to Tile Level 19 (you can make out the cars and striping now) and the model that didn’t have any images, I had to change to Tile Level 13 (this model is in a part of Myanmar).

Now with images

Now with images

Much Better Image

Much Better Image

Bing Imagery in InfraWorks

How did I not know you could do this? Did you know you can bring Bing Images directly into InfraWorks360?

Here it is before. I exported an IMX file from one model to make a new model (doing some testing) and the imagery doesn’t come along with an IMX file.

Boring Model

Boring Model

After bringing the Bing imagery in, it’s much better!

Exciting Model!

Exciting Model!

To do this, simply add the Bing imagery as a data source. To learn how to bring up the data source connections in InfraWorks, simply click HERE.

On the Data Sources panel, click on the “Add database data source” button. This is to the right of the one you would typically click to connect to data.

Add database data source

Add database data source

Now, simply choose the Bing data type and the imagery level you want. The larger the number, the higher the detail in the image. For my example, anything less then 17 seemed to be insufficient to show the necessary detail and using 19 took quite a while to load. You’ll need to balance performance with the data you need.

Choose the data

Choose the data

This will work great if you create a model using Model Builder but need better resolution for your images!