ShapeMetriX Release Notes

Modifications of the ShapeMetriX software


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ShapeMetriX UAV system specifications 2023

From version 4.9 onwards ShapeMetriX 3D and ShapeMetriX UAV are united as ShapeMetriX.
Former release Notes of  ShapeMetriX 3D

ShapeMetriX version 4.9.5

ShapeMetriX 4.9.5

  • New! Direct connection of mapped structural data from the Analyst software available for analysis and studies in Dips.

The export makes the seamless integration of orientation measurements obtained from areas, traces or point locations measured in 3D, possible in a few seconds.


ShapeMetriX version 4.9

ShapeMetriX 4.9 is a major release that unites the software packages ShapeMetriX 3D and ShapeMetriX UAV to one simplified, comprehensive software package including all familiar features. MultiPhoto has been intensively revamped increasing the usability of individual user workflows. The SurfaceTrimmer features trimming along a user adjustable plane that allows for an exact cut of the 3D model and facilitates the alignment of multiple 3D models in the Analyst software. In addition, the Fragmenter has been revised completely and appears now in a new design including a new, user configurable particle size distribution plot.



  • New! Comprehensive redesign of the user interface for each processing step
  • New! Verification of input data – image information is checked for inconsistencies in the GPS measurements during loading
  • New! A new integrated user interaction enables the removal of GPS information from single images and allows for an improved handling of inconsistent GPS measurements
  • New! Simplified selection of the user selectable geographical co-ordinate system
  • New! Extended GeoTiff export that supports all EPSG co-ordinate systems
  • Enhanced tool tips



  • New! Trimming along a user adjustable plane (Reference Plane)



  • New! User selectable colouring of sections
  • Extended CSV export of tape measurements providing the full profile in 3D



  • New! Improved usability by a re-designed and restructured user interface
  • New! User configurable particle size distribution plot
  • User friendly customized fragmentation colouring


ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.4.2

ShapeMetriX UAV 4.4.2 is a service release providing following enhancements:

  • Multiple improvements of data processing and user interaction
  • Improvements for using multiple displays and high-resolution displays

ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.4

ShapeMetriX UAV 4.4 is a major release. Next to the new features for the geologic assessment a major focus is set on improvements in the 3D model reconstruction and a simplified work flow. Moreover, SMX MultiPhoto supports now the projection of the generated 3D model into common geographical coordinate systems like UTM, Gauß-Krüger and State Plane.

  • New! HTML and PDF version of UAV field procedures available directly in the software via the central window


SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Projection of the 3D model in common, user selectable geographical coordinate systems
  • New! Image selection for 3D model processing directly in a 3D viewer by simplest and convenient handling with the computer mouse
  • New! Enhanced processing for monitoring of rock masses – a specified region (region of interest) can be saved and imported after the coarse reconstruction that allows a repeated reconstruction of exactly the same area at different time steps
  • Improved handling for the image selection during referencing by extended keyboard and mouse selection enhances the user experience
  • Update and extension of the camera data base for new available drones
  • “Behind the scenes”: Improvements in the coarse 3D model reconstruction
JMX Analyst
  • New! User configurable distribution plot of trace mapping and corresponding spacing parameters
  • New! Extended contour line plot including next to horizontal projections, the possibility of vertical projections and projection to a user configurable projection plane
  • New! Redesigned user interface of the contour line plot that improves the user experience and usability
  • New! OBJ export supporting a data exchange with Rocscience software
  • New! Extended DXF export of the geologic mapping including sections, profiles, tape measurements, occurrences and area portioning
  • Enhanced CSV export functions for geological mapping data


JMX Inspector
  • New! User configurable distribution plot of trace mapping and corresponding spacing parameters
  • New! Contour line plot including the full set of new features (see above)


ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.3

ShapeMetriX 3D 4.3 is a major release which offers enhanced possibilities for geologic mapping and assessment of rock masses. Next to enhancements in SMX MultiPhoto, a new mode for volume estimations specially designed for underground applications is now available in the SMX VolumeCalculator. The BMX Fragmenter is available in dark theme design and has a new design with newly shaped icons.

  • 3D navigation features using arrow key for a continuous zoom in the viewer
  • Checkboxes for the visibility of 3D models in the viewer available in all software components
 JMX Analyst
  • New! Semi-automatic mode Guided Trace for annotating joint traces by simply defining the start and the endpoint on the 3D model with the computer mouse
  • New! CSV 4D import of radar data (IDS GeoRadar) with a colour-coded visualisation of displacement directly on the 3D model
  • New! Export of discontinuities in “.dxf” format as polygon or mesh
  • Feature for automatically adding discontinuity models to mapped areas and traces
 JMX Inspector
  • New! CSV 4D import and colour-coded visualisation of displacement data achieved from radar system IDS GeoRadar
SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Generation of a 3D model with reduced data density (coarse 3D model)
  • Export of the coarse 3D model as “.obj”
  • Enhancement for confining the reconstruction area to a region of interest by providing the coarse 3D model in the viewer  
  • Configurable “.obj” export (point density, export of co-ordinates)
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • New! Additional mode Underground to estimate volumes by the generation of a “watertight” mesh. The mode is specially designed for underground applications.
  • Improved error analysis and warnings
BMX Fragmenter
  • New! Available in dark theme mode
  • Redesigned user interface with newly designed icons to fit both the original and the new dark theme design
  • Features for enabling mouse navigation in the stereo view
  • Specification of the total and analysed area in the report
  • Improvements in editing particles

ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.2

ShapeMetriX UAV 4.2 is a major release with the focus set on usability and design. Besides the redesigned user interface and enhanced screen representation, the software is available in dark theme design. In addition, enhancements in the calculation of volumes have been integrated.

  • New! Dark theme mode available for all software components
    Dark theme mode is selectable by the user in the settings. The new display mode comes with newly designed icons to fit the design for the original and the new dark theme.
  • New! User interfaces have been redesigned to improve the user experience and usability
  • New! 3D viewer with improved performance
    The new 3D viewer meets and exceeds the demands of large 3D models from drone imagery. It allows displaying 3D models at a higher level of detail in the surface and the photo texture without comprising performance and user interaction. It is capable to load data faster and increases the productivity of the user.
  • New! 3D navigation features to rotate the 3D model from the current point of view and to orientate the 3D model from the camera view top down
  • New! 3D navigation feature using Arrow keys for straight motion and Strg+Arrow keys for rotation
  • New! User definable background colour for the 3D viewer
  • New! Features for enabling mouse navigation in the stereo view
  • New! Improvements in the command line installation
  • New! Digital signature for individual software components for verifying the authenticity
  • Clear arrangement of manuals in the Center Window – division in General (guidelines, field procedure,…) and Components (individual software components)
SMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • New! Redesigned user interface with usability improvements
JMX Analyst
  • New! CSV Export of Lithologic Regions
  • New! CSV Export of Homogenous Areas
 JMX Inspector
  • New! PDF Report
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • Improved keyboard and mouse functions for editing the volume
SMX VolumeViewer
  • New! Setting of the unit – available units: mm3, m3, inch3, yd3

ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.1

ShapeMetriX UAV 4.1 is a major release, where the SMX MultiPhoto has been further improved and completely new referencing mechanism for 3D models has been integrated.

  • New! Software installer including the possibility of silent installation using the command line with appropriate setup settings
  • New! Digital signature for verifying the authenticity of the software
  • New! Enhanced CSV import functions (new import dialog) available in the SMX Referencer and SMX Normalizer
  • Re-organized dialog for the general software settings
  • Enhanced HTML manuals (paragraph numbering)
  • PDF versions of the manuals available directly in the software
SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Referencing Single Point Mode: This mode transfers the 3D model to a user defined co-ordinate by a single externally surveyed point
  • New! Referencing Sample Mode: This mode scales the 3D model in a local co-ordinate system (especially suitable in underground environment)
  • New! CSV Import of Ground Control Points in latitude, longitude and altitude
  • New! OBJ and Geo-Tiff export of the 3D model
  • Improved error analysis and warnings
  • Enhanced CSV import functions for Ground Control Points
  • “Behind the scenes”: Improvements in the 3D model generation
SMX Volume Calculator
  • New! Automatically generated report
  • New! CSV export of volumes
  • New! Mass calculation by editable density

ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.0.2

This is a service release which includes the features outlined below.

SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Support of the BAAM Tech™ PPK drone equipment
SMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • Backward compatibility of 3D models (new feature “Export 3D model as jm3 v3.0”)

ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.0

This is a major release. The MultiPhoto component has been again revamped and improved and we integrated the referencing mechanism directly into the component. This opens new possibilities and increases the feedback to the user and the achievable accuracy.

SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Complete new referencing mechanism for 3D models including enhanced possibilities and instant quality feedback (replaces the use of the SMX Referencer component)
  • New! GCP constrained optimizations and referencing of 3D models
  • New! Import of GPS co-ordinates from an (ASCII) TXT file
  • New! Automatic generation of a quality report for the reconstruction (PDF)
  • New! Automatic generation of ortho-photos (PNG)
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • Feature enhancement in the Heap Mode – One Model (formerly Heap Mode – Reference Plane)
    • automatic positioning of bounding planes for individual heap volumes
    • boundary planes are user adjustable
JMX Analyst
  • New! PDF print for Sections and Profiles
  • New! Pie chart plot for Lithologic Regions und Homogeneous Areas
  • New! Feature “Area Basic”
  • New! Calculation of an area related to an user adjustable Reference Plane
  • New! Display of the reconstruction quality of 3D models generated by SMX MultiPhoto v4.0
  • New! HTML Help for JMX Inspector
  • Visualization of the Reference Plane in the 3D viewer
  • User configurable display of Trace Maps Analysis (zoom function, show/hide spacing and intersection marks)
  • Display of spacing parameters in the Trace Maps Analysis diagram (tool tip)
  • Enhancement of Profile properties (vertical and horizontal distance)
  • OBJ export: possibility to reduce texture size


ShapeMetriX UAV Version 3.0.2

The software update includes:

  • Improvement of surface meshing (avoid accidentially formed micro gaps in the surface mesh that have been present under some circumstances)

ShapeMetriX UAV Version 3.0

Improvements and new features in General, SurfaceTrimmer, Normalizer and Analyst are equal to ShapeMetriX 3D and can be found in the corresponding release notes.

The MultiPhoto component has been extremely improved again. It computes better models with higher accuracy and it is faster than previous versions.

  • Higher quality of 3D models in terms of surface point localization and coverage of data
  • Faster computation
  • Support of standard machines without special graphics hardware; for faster computation still NVidia © graphics cards recommended
  • New matching strategy for “fast” reconstruction leading to denser model at the same computing time
  • “Normal” density matching delivers much more points at the same computation time
  • More information on loaded image data such as camera type or GPS information
  • Automatic support of GPS information if available
  • New live display during coarse model generation; it shows the actually found camera locations in a live 3D view while adding new cameras
  • A custom set of loaded images can be selected/deselected for the reconstruction process
  • Changing the project name also changes the name of the 3D model accordingly
  • Region of interest supports straight lines as well as arbitrary shapes
  • Several new cameras added to camera data base

ShapeMetriX UAV Version 2.1

  • Higher quality of 3D image reconstruction
  • New! Automatic continuation of reconstruction (dense reconstruction is automatically launched after coarse reconstruction after a user-defined time).
  • New! Three different reconstruction modes (Fast, Normal, High)
  • New! User-defined limit of generated points for the final reconstruction.
  • New! User-defined stereo set-ups can be added to an existing 3D reconstruction.
  • New! 3D model view for a better localization of the reference image.
General Settings
  • ShapeMetriX 3D is released with 64-bit applications only.
  • A dongle update is required (for most users) before installing SMX 4.1 in order to apply all new functions to the software.
  • Drastic improvement of 3D mesh generation.
  • Better handling of operations that require administrator privileges (e.g. installation of license or calibration data)
  • Multiple calibration files can be installed and removed at once.
  • New! Multiple connected dongles are supported.
  • New! Option to set the displayed texture resolution for the 3D viewer.
  • New!  Backup/restore functionality for license data.
  • New! ‘Clean up’ button for removing temporary data (only if 3GSM cache directories are found).
  • More feedback during trimming.
  • Reference points are saved in the correct subimage and are shown again after loading.
    Note: Reference points from previous versions are no longer imported.
  • Diagrams display the set unit for axes.
  • Option for enabling / disabling the same scale for both axes for sections chart.
  • Calculated volumes can be renamed.
  • New! Option to set the displayed texture resolution for the 3D viewer.
  • New! Tool tips – Information about annotations are provided in the 3D viewer by moving the mouse over the annotation while holding Ctrl key.
  • New! Customisable screenshot functionality including orthophotos with scale information
  • New! Plots can be saved as “.png” files.
  • New! Optional point limit exported by the Tape Measure into the “.csv”  file


  • New in ShapeMetriX version 4.9 - Trimming of the 3D model along a user adjustable plane in the SurfaceTrimmer
  • New in ShapeMetriX 4.9 - Fragmentation analysis and presentation of the result in a new, user-editable particle size distribution plot in the Fragmenter
  • New in SMX UAV version 4.4: Visualization of spacing of one structure set with included, user configurable distribution plot
  • New in SMX UAV version 4.4: Selection of images used for 3D model reconstruction by easy handling in the 3D preview
  • New in ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.3: Volume Underground Mode
  • New in ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.2: Dark theme mode
  • New in ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.1: Referencing of tunnel section with the Sample Mode in the MultiPhoto
  • New in ShapeMetriX UAV version 4.0