You can win:
Project Photofly is our web service that converts collections of your photos into 3D photo scenes. The Photo Scene Editor allows you to upload your photos and work with the photo scenes returned by the servers. You can manually stitch by identifying 3D points in common, add reference geometry, and take measurements. All of this can be exported to a DWG file so you can continue your work with AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, or other design application.
We have been very happy with the Photo Scenes that have been shared with us. In fact, we're so happy, we are holding a contest. The full rules are available on the Autodesk Labs website. If you will allow me to paraphrase them:
We will publicly announce one first place winning and three runner-up submissions. Submissions will be accepted from users worldwide - with one caveat. Winning the contest is only open to legal residents of the United States or Canada; however, as possible runners up, cool entries from countries other than the United States or Canada can at least get the public recognition they deserve.
We are looking for a photo scene that tells a story. The best way to illustrate this is with an example. "We needed a model of our building but could not get close enough to take actual measurements. So we flew a helicopter over it, took pictures, and used Project Photofly to create the model." Your submission does not have to involve a helicopter - just an interesting business story, fantastic looking pictures, and a 3D photo scene that turns out well.
We are looking for knowledgeable use of Photo Scene Editor. If you set a UCS in the resulting photo scene, we consider that a plus. If you used to the Photo Scene Editor to add important measurements, that too is a criterion we are considering.
So get out those cameras and start taking pictures. You have until September 24 to submit your entries (ZIP file with story.txt, pictures, and photo scene (RZI file). You upload your ZIP files to my Buzzsaw site using the File upload capability.
This contest ends September 24. If this is a hit with the Autodesk Labs community, we will have follow-up contests that feature things other than buildings. Out of reverence for the Talking Heads, maybe we should add edibles so we could bill the contest as More Contests about Buildings and Food.
Looking to reward your valuable feedback in a fun way is alive in the lab.