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3 Ways to Get Better Perspective When You 3D Enable Your Geographic Data

Posted by Jay Fowler on Feb 18, 2016 12:59:40 PM

Are you tired of working in abstractions with your GIS data on 2D maps that don’t quite give you the visualizations you want? The advent of ArcGIS Pro is a new era for GIS experts, allowing them to 3D enable their data to make their maps more honest representations of real life. Not only can you now work with your data in 3D, but you can analyze it also, giving you whole new datasets to work with through which to see the full height and depth of life in your digital representations and maps. The world is not flat, so why should we map it as if it were? If technology allows us to map in 3D, let’s do it!

Awesome Advantages When You 3D Enable Data

  1. Layering Cityscapes
    The base layering capabilities of ArcGIS Pro will help you consider every little detail from terrain to vegetation. City maps are the most obvious place you will want to 3D enable your data to get clear and beautiful images of quickly changing metropolitan centers. When you 3D enable your data you can see exactly how a new development will fit into the existing architecture and neighborhood, understanding the shadow impacts or building out whole campus maps for big development projects. By incorporating the multiple layers of physical data found in city life, you’re planning will go much more smoothly as you will not only have everything in one place, but you’ll be able to see the whole picture.
  2. Multiple Views Interactively Linked
    It can be helpful to work both with 2D and 3D maps side by side, which is possible with ArcGIS pro. If you both want to 3D enable your data but see the traditional 2D maps as well, you can link two views together so that when you enter data in one map, it automatically shows up in the second giving you twice the perspective.
  3. Lights and Shadows
    All 3D scenes require a light source to provide illumination. This light source can be configured to achieve desired shadowing effects or provide simulated views of features during a specific time of day such as sunrise. Atmospheric effects produce increasingly accurate 3D scenes with this feature as well. With light and shadow data you can understand how the changing weather and times of day will affect all aspects of your mapped data no matter the circumstance. If you’re working with big elevation changes, whether it’s mountains or skyscrapers, understanding the availability of light is incredibly important in the planning process.

Real world visualizations are so much more lifelike when you 3D enable your data with ArcGIS Pro. You can now work with Lidar, terrain data, and cityscapes to make real life maps that are applicable to everyday life. If you’re considering mapping services for a new project don’t compromise on what is the attainable goal of seeing things in three dimensions.

ROK’s experts would love to help you 3D enable your data for the most real digital visualizations you can imagine. Call us to learn more about our expertise working to 3D enable data for diverse projects.  

Topics: 3D map, ArcGIS Pro, GIS, Mapping Services

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