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Digital Design Imaging Services specializes in helping clients plan for and take advantage of potential views from skyscrapers. We produce accurate viewshed studies as a means to document line of sight views used in security sweeps, mapping, crowd counting and visual impact studies.
We capture these amazing aerial point clouds with proprietary multi camera clusters flying under our tethered surveillance aerostat balloon. (Unmanned)
DDIS developed this lighter than air platform to help crowd counters, planners and first responders get an accurate sense of the size and extents of a crowd or complex space.
This information can be sh
www.ddis.smugmug.com or www.AirPhotosLIVE.co


Crowd Counting tools at Beck-Palin Rally (noon)
Crowd Counting tools at Beck-Palin Rally (noon)
MiamiRealEstate (6 months ago)
Very impressive work.

Zeeboid (10 months ago)
And less popular is President Obama, who had a lesser audience, but you know, we don't want to talk about that do we.

daveplays (Over 1 year ago)
A few comments: How did he come up with 500K? I know, he just guessed. Pulled it out of the air and reported it as facts. This is now he does most his research. His gut tells him (i.e God). If someone what to come up with another scientific method to come up with a different number go right ahead. But just saying I feel like, or it looks like to me, or I was there, it was 50 Million is not saying anything. I find if funny/sad that he clams the media is always misleading and reporting lies and he report this lie that can be check and he still stand by the lie. Last: I also find if hilariousness that his joke that the media reported 1000 people was closer to the fact then his report of 500,000. Or even the 300,000 or some others. That is only wrong by 500%. One more: still a lot of people why do you need to lie? I hope people that went had fun!

suzcute (Over 1 year ago)
This picture was taken at noon. Why not at 10 when the most people where there to hear Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. There are alot of empty chair in the front that were full when they were speaking. I bet alot of people left by this time

HanginChad (Over 1 year ago)
David, thank you for pointing that one out. Even in the additional pictures the trees completely obscure the view of the people below. Based on the photographs I've seen posted here so far, there is no possible way that the entire crowd was counted. Also, based on the photographs posted here, there is no way that the crowd density on the northern side of the reflecting pool, especially on the WWII Memorial end, could have been accurately estimated. The vantage point of the camera is too far away.

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World Trade Center---views from the top of the proposed  Freedom Tower
World Trade Center---views from the top of the proposed Freedom Tower
organicSEO (Over 1 year ago)
this is so cool! http://www.seo.com/seo/

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
Now point cloud is aligned in Bing Maps

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
8MM ultra wide angle lens used to capture views from key heights above the proposed building.

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
Tethered aerostat balloon was used to shoot this series of panoramas to help the World Trade Center developer and architects study the views from the proposed observation floor. Most images shot at 1376ft above Ground Zero's north tower. This record setting tethered balloon flight was shot View from the observation floor of the proposed WTC Bldg 1. These images were part of view shed study the first day of summer in 2005. Proprietary surveillance aerostat balloon and launch trailer design by AirPhotosLIVE.com

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US Capital, Mall, Union Station from 799 ft
US Capital, Mall, Union Station from 799 ft
jontlaw (Over 1 year ago)
Very cool. I'd like to see some telephoto shots of some of the key locations added. Do you know if it's possible to add images to an exisitng Synth?

Marvin (Over 1 year ago)
I agree. Great job capturing the area.

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
easy to see the closed bridges and pedestrian directions should there need to be a mass exit

peet2009 (Over 1 year ago)
Nice job. I really like the aerial view of Union Station and Mall before inauguration.

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Tidal Basin, Washington Monument
Tidal Basin, Washington Monument
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
You definitely need to geotag and geoalign this. Very cool

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Views from aerostat balloon above San Francisco
Views from aerostat balloon above San Francisco
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Nice job

brotherprinter (Over 1 year ago)
I like how the varying altitudes the photos were taken on made an interesting point cloud.

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
Mixture of 8mm lens with 28 mm lens on camera flown under balloon.

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Dulles Metrorail and Vdot HOT lanes--base photos
Dulles Metrorail and Vdot HOT lanes--base photos
curtw (Over 1 year ago)
New metro here..first stop on silver line

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Cherry Street, New York
Cherry Street, New York
curtw (Over 1 year ago)
This is mini version of a major (record setting?) large synth from our speciality tethered surveillance aerostat balloon above the Cherry Street, Manhattan last summer.

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New York from Above
New York from Above
sami24br (Over 1 year ago)
wonderful nice view !

EdLee (Over 1 year ago)
Very nice Point Cloud! Could you geo-tag this and add some highlights? For example, the bridges, various "famous" buildings, structures, the waters, etc. Thanks!

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AirPhotosLIVE test of aerostat shot in Tysons Corn
AirPhotosLIVE test of aerostat shot in Tysons Corn
David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
Hey Curt! Please give us a few highlights to pull us from the bottom to the top of this great synth.

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Thermal images, heat bridges
Thermal images, heat bridges
curtw (Over 1 year ago)
High end thermal camera uses infra red spectrum to find heat leaks (white) in the Falls Church City Hall building.

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Washington aerials showing Cherry Blossom point clouds.
Washington aerials showing Cherry Blossom point clouds.
CliffBreedlove (Over 1 year ago)
very nice

jfergus54 (Over 1 year ago)
AS A mOVIE MAKER WITH 20 PLUS YEARS EXP I WOULD SAY agOOD jOB WELL done. moviemedicjoe

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
all custom equipment with a team of photo, optics, aerostat and landscape experts.

dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Wow, this turned out really well for a "balloon on a string" (my mind pictures a small red balloon with a camera dangling from the bottom)... Do you have any control over what it shoots? You got really good coverage.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
what exactly is an aerostat?

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Washington Mall, US Capitol
Washington Mall, US Capitol
David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
Curt -- Please "geolocate" this synth so we can feature it on our front page map. To geolocate, you need to sign in then click the "world" icon that will show up on the right of the synth. Beautiful work!

curtw (Over 1 year ago)
Yes I'll have our whole tethered aerostat crew there, will display many of our DC visualizations. Hope to meet others. Stop by 4th and D or just look up for our balloon.

madeeds (Over 1 year ago)
Fantastic! Are you going to be there for the inauguration?

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