Gigapans are panoramic digital images with billions of pixels, providing an unprecedented combination of detail and perspective. Gigapans are shared online with clients and colleagues, and can be explored at www.gigapan.com. GigaPan offers the first solution for shooting, viewing and exploring the images in a single system that includes:
The EPIC series of robotic camera mounts to capture photos;
GigaPan Stitch Software to automatically combine thousands images into a single composite image; and
The Gigapan.com website, offering a unique interactive viewing platform.
The GigaPan EPIC series is based on the same technology employed by the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to capture high resolution images of Mars. GigaPan was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of the research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University.
Some of the main applications of GigaPan technology in the context of engineering geology and civil engineering (with representative examples) include: