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How a Saudi Startup is 3D Mapping Riyadh through Drones and Copters

Saudi Arabia’s tech scene is booming. FalconViz is an innovative startup leading the way for the next generation of Saudi entrepreneurs.

In 2014, Luca Passone, Neil Smith and Mohamed Shalaby developed a 3D scanning and modeling system at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). With a $225,000 grant from KAUST, they began FalconViz.

Their first client was Jeddah Municipality, for a survey of the historic Al-Balad quarter. Today Al-Balad appears on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

FalconViz raised $1,1 million from Saudi Aramco’s Wa’ed in 2016. Today, FalconViz has a fleet of eight drones and a team of 18 employees.