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Photosceneries and Autogen for the P3D-World

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On 5/5/2023 at 12:44 PM, MatthiasKNU said:

Dear friends who are all still happy with P3D!

Today I just wanted to introduce you to my work of the last few years - yes, years.
Some time ago I even created a thread here - somewhere - but I can't find it anymore... 🤐

First of all the following:
I'm not the type who likes to advertise his stuff.
The reason for the post here is actually that I was told again and again (actually, also more than years now...) that I should do more advertising.
For example here, because there are still many P3D fans active here who might be interested...

That's why I'm just going to do that now!

So, what have I done?
Well, what many others have already done - created photosceneries. With autogen, of course!

Very briefly, how does one get the idea to create photosceneries?
Well, back then, nearly 10 years ago (remember the time back then, that was before ORBX released something like TE Netherlands!), I wanted to enhance the approach area for my home airport EDDM a bit.
After a lot of reading, trying, deleting and trying again, I had created an area that covered about 40x20 km around Munich Airport.
Everything was created completely manually, every autogen building was placed by hand.
Many people were enthusiastic about it at the time and asked if I could create something like that for XYZ airport .
And yes, in fact I wanted to do that.

Shortly after, I visited Namibia (and that was really great!).
But I didn't like the flights in the sim (remember, at that time there was no openLC Africa!).
And that's when I had the idea to create a photorealistic Africa. It was a huge project, I never thought I could finish.
I have to say the following about this:
I was in my geography bachelor studies at the time. And an important part of it is, of course, the use of GIS software.
I wanted to combine this so that the creation of the sceneries would be easier.

And that's what I did, and created all of Africa photorealistically - in high quality and with accurate autogen.
After I had 800 GB of photosceneries for Africa, I thought - why not other regions?

In the meantime, a lot has happened here. I now use Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 OLI data to detect vegetation, which I refine with vector data, including OSM.
For buildings, I have chosen an AI approach, so that I can also extract building footprints from the RGB images using a convolutional neural network (with the restriction that it only really works well in Africa, as I have trained the model here).
Therefore, in the meantime there are more than 10 Python scripts á 1000-5000 lines of code with which I can create my sceneries - semi-automatically.

In the meantime, I have created all of Europe and Africa, and I am working on South America.
The server storage space is still a problem.
Due to the increased costs, I had to remove Central Africa and all my Asian sceneries from the server - even though I am working on making everything available again.

So, a lot of text...

It's probably best if I just show pictures - across the world, so to speak.

Athens
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Marrakech
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El Oued
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Algiers
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Cape Town
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Ouagadougou
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Somewhere in Ghana
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Somewhere in Sierra Leone
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Bulgaria
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Currently working on Brazil
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France
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Frankfurt
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Serbia
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Tirana
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Naples
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Poland
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Germany
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Namibia
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In the meantime, my sceneries - of course! - also come with comprehensive night lighting.

Furthermore - and I think this is not unimportant:
How big are the sceneries?
Well, I have installed a 4 TB HDD for my sceneries (whole Europe, Africa, half of South America, part of Asia, altogether approx. 60 million km²), on which approx. 2.7 TB are occupied.

A lot of information - including a current overview map - can also be found HERE and HERE.

For questions regarding the download, please write me a private message (preferably in the FSXForum or at FSDeveloper)!

Now, in conclusion, I have no other option but to wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Hello, this looks impressive. I have a question because the module is described in the description on your website, you can get autogen without photoscenery. I would be very interested only in autogen for Poland - by the way, are your additions in P3D v45? How can I get the opportunity to download your autogen for Poland?

 

Best regards

Grzegorz

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On 11/27/2023 at 1:51 PM, MatthiasKNU said:
The next one will be...

Sounds like the "Where in the world" feature in Flightsim.com 😂

Looking forward to it!


Best regards,
Luis Hernández 20px-Flag_of_Colombia.svg.png20px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png

Main rig: self built, AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO enabled (but default settings and SMT off), 2x16 GB DDR4-3200 RAM, Nvidia RTX3060 Ti 8GB, 256 GB M.2 SSD (OS+apps) + 2x1 TB SATA III SSD (sims) + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD (storage), Viewsonic VX2458-MHD 1920x1080@23-144 Hz (locked at 120 Hz), Windows 10 Pro. Runing FSX-SE, MSFS and P3D v5.4 (with v4.5 default airports; the best of both worlds!).

Mobile rig: ASUS Zenbook UM425QA (AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU @3.2 GHz and boost disabled, 1 TB M.2 SSD, 16 GB RAM, Windows 11 Pro). Running FS9 there... sometimes on just battery! FSX-SE also installed, just in case. 

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On 11/29/2023 at 10:11 PM, Grzegorz said:

Hello, this looks impressive. I have a question because the module is described in the description on your website, you can get autogen without photoscenery. I would be very interested only in autogen for Poland - by the way, are your additions in P3D v45? How can I get the opportunity to download your autogen for Poland?

Best regards

Grzegorz

Hi!

I already answered you at FSDevelopers...


Kind regards, Matthias
My System: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080S, Win11 Pro, MSFS+Prepar3Dv5.3
My photosceneries at the FSXForum and FSDeveloper

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Dear all

unfortunately it is no longer possible to upload pictures to abload.de, so I can neither show pictures nor update my overview map today. Sorry!
So it's a bit dry now:
Africa is complete again, Equatorial Guinea, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are finished.
A little further to the north-east, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have been added.

Pictures will follow as soon as abload.de accepts uploads again. (Hopefully soon.)

Otherwise, as always, more information here:
https://www.fsxforum.de/viewtopic.php?p=202088

Please note that the overview map is not up to date, for possible changes please check the updates at the bottom - these are current.

Have a nice pre-Christmas time and a nice weekend!

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Kind regards, Matthias
My System: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080S, Win11 Pro, MSFS+Prepar3Dv5.3
My photosceneries at the FSXForum and FSDeveloper

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Dear all,

Now I can finally show you the pictures I promised!

Let's start on the west coast of Africa with Equatorial Guinea:
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Further south, with eSwatini:
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... and Lesotho:
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Further north we come to Zimbabwe:
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And to the north is Zambia:
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To the east we find the small, poor but actually beautiful Malawi:
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And Mozambique is not far away either:
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Madagascar can be found off the east coast of Africa:
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And that's Africa finished!
We continue with 2 countries on the Arabian Peninsula, which close the gap here:
Firstly, Yemen:
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And the big wide country of Saudi Arabia!
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And that's it for now!

As always, you can find more information and the updated overview map here:
https://www.fsxforum.de/viewtopic.php?t=19503

For everything else, please write a private message as usual!
 

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Kind regards, Matthias
My System: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080S, Win11 Pro, MSFS+Prepar3Dv5.3
My photosceneries at the FSXForum and FSDeveloper

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Kind regards, Matthias
My System: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080S, Win11 Pro, MSFS+Prepar3Dv5.3
My photosceneries at the FSXForum and FSDeveloper

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Another brief sign of life from me and a little insight into what I'm currently working on:

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Kind regards, Matthias
My System: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080S, Win11 Pro, MSFS+Prepar3Dv5.3
My photosceneries at the FSXForum and FSDeveloper

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I don't know where are those sceneries, but they look beautiful!


Best regards,
Luis Hernández 20px-Flag_of_Colombia.svg.png20px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png

Main rig: self built, AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO enabled (but default settings and SMT off), 2x16 GB DDR4-3200 RAM, Nvidia RTX3060 Ti 8GB, 256 GB M.2 SSD (OS+apps) + 2x1 TB SATA III SSD (sims) + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD (storage), Viewsonic VX2458-MHD 1920x1080@23-144 Hz (locked at 120 Hz), Windows 10 Pro. Runing FSX-SE, MSFS and P3D v5.4 (with v4.5 default airports; the best of both worlds!).

Mobile rig: ASUS Zenbook UM425QA (AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU @3.2 GHz and boost disabled, 1 TB M.2 SSD, 16 GB RAM, Windows 11 Pro). Running FS9 there... sometimes on just battery! FSX-SE also installed, just in case. 

VKB Gladiator NXT Premium Left + GNX THQ as primary controllers. Xbox Series X|S wireless controller as standby/travel.

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