ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service

ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service

Create 3D models from photographs and/or point clouds

UAV companies and surveying and engineering firms, leveraging reality modeling in-house, can utilize ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service to upload photos and/or point clouds to generate 3D engineering-ready reality meshes, orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds dramatically faster than before. This high-performance, cloud-based service automates the production of 3D models of virtually any size or precision without the need for high-end hardware or specialized IT support. ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service enables faster processing and reconstruction of reality meshes thanks to the support of its unique parallel processing using multiple engines using the latest cloud technology.

You can leverage a simplified setup to quickly scale your projects and expand use to any project team to easily document as-is context affordably, with less investment of time and resources. Through use of the ContextCapture Cloud Processing Console or ContextCapture Mobile application, you can quickly upload imagery to produce 3D models. This service is easy to use and simple to set up, making it practical for any organization to provide precise real-world context for all phases of an asset’s lifecycle.  

  • ContextCapture Console – Enables instant uploading of photos and/or point clouds and setting of ground control points for generating 3D reality meshes. Download the ContextCapture Cloud Processing Console.
  • ContextCapture Mobile – Easy-to-use reality modeling app used to quickly create and display 3D models from photos taken with a phone or tablet. Download the ContextCapture Mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Your reality modeling data will be stored in ProjectWise ContextShare, a cloud service that extends Bentley’s connected data environment. Reality meshes can be securely uploaded to ProjectWise ContextShare and then streamed to ProjectWise users for use in design, analytical, and construction modeling workflows. This high-performance cloud service makes the use of very large reality meshes practical providing context for engineering and geospatial workflows. 

The reality modeling visa subscription is required and is your entry point to ContextCapture Cloud Processing service and all other reality modeling cloud service.


Consume imagery from many cameras and sensor types

  • Utilize a wide variety of cameras, from smartphones to highly-specialized airborne or terrestrial multidirectional acquisition systems. Take advantage of any available image format and metadata to create 3D models. 

Generate 2D and 3D GIS models 

  • Produce accurate georeferenced 3D models using a full range of geospatial data types including true orthophotos, point clouds, and raster digital elevation models. The application includes an SRS database interface to ensure interoperability with your GIS solution of choice. 

Generate 3D mesh models 

  • Produce 3D models using a range of traditional CAD formats such as OBJ or FBX, point cloud formats, as well as innovative multiresolution meshes like the Bentley open 3SM or 3MX to ensure your models are accessible in your modeling environment. 

Integrate with CAD and GIS workflows 

  • Easily integrate with MicroStation, Autodesk Revit, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble SketchUp with support for workflows to remain synchronized with native designs throughout work-in-progress and to import additional content in standard 3D formats. Reliably export vehicle simulations, add section planes, switch on and off layers, and leverage model intelligence for tasks like labeling.

Measure and analyze model data

  • Save time getting accurate answers by performing precise measurements of distances, volumes, and surface areas directly within the 3D viewing interface.

Perform automatic aerotriangulation and 3D reconstruction

  • Fully calibrate all images by automatically identifying the relative position and orientation of each photo. Employ automatic 3D reconstruction, texture mapping, and retexturing of ties and reconstruction constraints to ensure highly accurate models.

Perform automatic photo block alignment on point clouds

  • During aerotriangulation process, automatically adjust the photo block to fit point clouds, resulting in precise calibration and alignment of the two data sources to create a high-fidelity reality mesh.

Publish and view Web-ready models

  • Produce models of any size that are optimized for Web publishing and that can be viewed using a free plugin Web viewer. This enables instant sharing and visualization of 3D models on the Web. 

Visualize, analyze, and measure reality meshes prior to final production

  • Take advantage of the Splat display mode after aerotriangulation to view a draft of the reality mesh for faster insight to perform quality assessment, photo navigation, and measurement tasks.