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Measurements from 360° Panoramas

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  • Measurements from 360° Panoramas

    Over 45 years ago I had the idea to use 360° Panoramas for measurement, but back then the digital personal computer and digital photography were 'science fiction'.

    These technologies have evolved over the years and as we draw to the end of 2020 a bright star appeared in my sky with the arrival of PAME, which are two applications for getting measurements from 360° Panoramas:
    PAME Wizard is a Krpano add-on providing a ‘measure tool' in a 'Krpano driven' Virtual Tour.
    This full version contains four ways of measuring, with the ability to save the calibrations (which can be ‘locked’) and provide ‘real time’ measurements.
    PAME Light is a web based tool that allows you to just drag and drop your 360° Panoramas from your desktop. This light version has three ways of measuring.

    PAME is straight forward to use so there is no 'learning curve' and any 360° Panoramas can be used providing that two things are done at the time of taking the images:
    1. Marking the location of each panorama on the ground with a mark visible in the other panorama so that the two panoramas can be orientated to each other in the application;
    2. Recording the distance between the two panoramas or measuring a distance between two points in the area of interest, to 'scale' the results.

    Non contact measurement has many advantages.
    There are a number of solutions for 'non contact' measurement, but these require a substantial investment in the hardware and software and the associated computer hardware and training.
    This solution is a small fraction of the cost or the current methods and if you are already a Panographer with the ability to create 360° Panoramas then PAME is can turn this into a viable and reliable non contact measurement tool by adding this application.

    Using photography as a measurement tool has the great advantage in being able to capture a large amount of data in a short time in the field as all the information is contained in the photographs and can be analysed back in the 'office' as and when required without additional site visits, unlike solutions where individual points are measured in the field.