The Difference Between 3D Modeling and 3D Mapping Explained

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between 3D modeling and 3D mapping, you’re not alone.  There is some overlap between the two in technology and solutions.  We asked the experts at Pix4D to explain the difference.

Pix4D is one of the leading providers of photogrammetry solutions for drones, creating both 2D and 3D information from images.  Dr. Christoph Strecha, Pix4D’s founder and CEO, says that the difference is in how the data is used.  “There is no difference scientifically,” explains Strecha.  “A map is really 2D, something flat – but with modeling, the result is not a 2D map but a triangulated model where you can also see facades.”

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