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I wonder is there any open-source application that can query a PostGIS-enabled database and render the resulting OSM map in 3d.

The only thing I have found so far is Navit, but it renders only from an .osm file, but not a database.

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You can render from POSTGIS with OSM data in 3D


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NOTE: "Preparing OSM data to be viewed in OSM-3D requires a lot of preprocessing steps which are done on GIScience's servers."

see the ZIMBA server http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM-3D#Servers

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Seems very complicated. Have you had a chance to try this: wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ShugenDoMap ? –  skanatek Feb 1 '12 at 10:07
Martin it is only a proof of concept, there is no source code (yet). With any 3D data there will be high overheads either hardware or very clever software rendering. Think of the many games out there now and the millions it takes to achieve high quality graphics. –  Mapperz Feb 1 '12 at 14:22
Ok, got it! Thanks. –  skanatek Feb 2 '12 at 22:14

I suggest my new project: osm2x3d. My code is c++. It transforms osm data (xml) to x3D data (xml).

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Could you add some links you consider useful? –  gcarrillo Feb 7 at 13:39
The demo web site is here: web.osm2x3d.net –  Clement Igonet Feb 15 at 8:16

The QGIS threejs plugin is able to turn OSM data into 3D:


Another chance is povray:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Maxbe/Relief_mit_POVray http://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2012/01/wochennotiz-nr-80/

You might need Google translate to understand the text

Also promising: http://bitsteller.bplaced.net/osm/ but I have not tested it myself.

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