Textured 3D London. You have probably heard us bragging about it, you might have seen some of the production renders and animations. And now it’s finally your turn to take our textured 3D model of London for a test drive! Download our free sample representing 1000 x 1000 meters of London here. The sample is available in FBX format.

This free 1 km2 sample, just like our previously released samples, is made of 4 tiles: TQ3280SE, TQ3280SW, TQ3280NE, TQ3280NW. Each tile covers an area of 500 x 500 meters and would cost £1,000+VAT if purchased commercially. Use our Quoting Tool if you require a 3D model of any other area of London.

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What to expect from our textured 3D London model

A textured 3D model of London is nothing new. Google has released its first mesh London 3D map in Google Earth as far back as 2012. This really beautiful and detailed city model is still the hallmark we compare ourselves to – certainly in terms of visual fidelity. But despite the obvious similarities, the purpose and intended use mean that there are some major differences. Google Maps is aimed at customers using the 3D model in a browser, usually using the 3D model as a “better map” to navigate a complex multi-level city environment.

AccuCities textured 3D London model is, on the other hand, aimed at business customers using the model as a way to visualise proposed changes to the environment, usually in a city-wide context. Our focus is therefore on the textures of roof structures and top sections of buildings, leaving residual errors and shadowing in the lower-ground sections of the model as an acceptable drawback. When required, these imperfections can be re-textured by a customer or by us to order. Read more: Re-texturing focus buildings in 3D London.

Accurate 3D model with separate features for easy editing

What makes AccuCities textured 3D model of London so unique is its accuracy and editability. We have used oblique aerial imagery to texture our Level 3 city model, which means that the 15 cm accuracy of this model is retained in the textured model. The model is structured in easy-to-use 500 x 500 meters tiles and its separation into terrain (and its land use) and individual buildings are also retained.

Endless possibilities to edit and upgrade

The revolutionary set-up of this 3D model means that, for the first time ever, users can turn buildings on and off. How would south bank of London bridge look like without the iconic 1 London Bridge? Difficult and expensive to do this yesterday, few clicks today. You can easily replace buildings with your designs and visualise recognisable views from the proposed building in seconds. And as a cherry on a top, the 3D model is fully UV mapped, which means you can upgrade any part of the model with your photographs. Re-texture buildings to visualise alternative facade designs or prepare a scene for an animated movie. The possibilities are endless.

Creative Commons licence for AccuCities samples

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) Licence lets users remix, adapt, and build upon our work even for commercial purposes, as long as the users credit us and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. We strongly advise users to read the entire license.

You are free to:

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

How much does the textured 3D London model cost?

The price for a textured 3D London model is set at £4,000+VAT per square kilometer. Minimum order size is the same as for Level 3 models – 3D Model of a 0.25 km2 tile (500×500 meters area of London) is £1,000 + VAT (5 year licence).

Great news for all existing AccuCities 3D Model of London subscribers! All subscribers will receive the textured model covering 60 square kilometers as part of their subscription package* as soon as they are produced, according to the above schedule with the last delivery by the end of May 2021. There will be no extra charge for this update as it is covered by your data subscription. And of course, we will be also making the textured 3D model of London part of the Plan.City London app.

* 3D London subscription is available for £1,500+VAT / month or £12,000+VAT / year. Get in touch with us to learn more.

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