Environments can be modeled or captured, or they can be articulated through a combination of both modeling and capturing. Capture can occur by any number of means, including panoramic photography.
Once you make clear the distinction (like this) between an environment, and the act of drawing attention to things within the environment that must be seen, understood, and done, then it becomes clear right away that the environment can be composed of any number of different media types and data.
What makes the difference in the composite is the mutual alignment of the constituent media and the various kinds of permutations that draw attention to what should be seen, and, in directive situations: what should be understood and done.
The image and video demonstration linked on the photo above is a research prototype, from Bentley Systems, showing the alignment and permutation of photographic panoramas, together with data-rich geometry models, and conventional drawings. Further effort will be made to increase the clarity of the result.
There is more information about this software research project on Stephane Cote’s Bentley Applied Research Blog here
This opens up many more possibilities. We are just getting started making new ways to articulate environments and new kinds of permutations that draw attention to what should be seen, understood, and done, within any visual environment.