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How to migrate from ArcGIS for Desktop to QGIS?

Our lab has about 10 projects in ArcGIS 9 (a couple are made in ArcGIS 10) that includes the following in each: A georeferenced (WGS1984 geographical projection) raster seafloor image, representing ...
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How to find the center of geometry of an object?

Well it might be a simple question. Given a set of 2D or 3D points, the question is: How to find the center of geometry of an object? According to the following figure, the center of geometry ...
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How to find the minimum-area-rectangle for given points?

The following is another problem that I am working on it these days. As you see in the figure, (BTW, I tried to make it self-presenter) the question is: How to find the minimum-area-rectangle (MAR) ...
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When is a 3D Visualisation in GIS Useful?

I can currently only think of two cases: to visualise potential changes in a landscape, such as the effect of adding windfarms, or the addition of a new building to an urban area. However both these ...
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What are my options for 3D web Maps?

I wish to have a Online 3D Map, which would show my Data, i.e both Raster and Vector, draped on a DEM that I have. Due to the requirements of using my own DEM & Raster data, Google Earth API is ...
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Which software to use to create professional fly-over/ fly-through animations?

I will need to create a high quality fly-over animation which penetrates the surfaces and reveals subsurface geology. The intended use is for demonstrations, presentations and a company website so it ...
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How much Water on Earth(USGS) : A Wrong Map representation?

I happened to read a USGS article, How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth? showing a representation of all the water(which includes water from Oceans, Seas,Bays,Ice caps, Glaciers, ...
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Are there any alternatives to ArcScene?

I think I've had it. I've been struggling to create polished scenes and flyover animations using the ESRI tools. SketchUp is great but it does not handle large datasets and most 3rd party models (3D ...
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What are some 3D visualisation tools that successfully work with GIS data?

There are a large number of 3d modelling tools available (both open and closed source). I would like to be able to: Import GIS data into a 3d environment and retain georeferenceing. Retain the ...
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Visualization of 3D shapefiles with Mapserver and Postgis

I'm wondering is there a way to visualize 3d data with mapserver? 3D .shp files are in postgis database, and I already connected mapserver to database, but with simple layer in mapfile.
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Looking for free program, similar to 3D Analyst, to visualize tree stands in 3D

Heyho, I want to make a 3D stand visualization of trees in a specific area. I need something similar in functionality to ArcGIS 3D Analyst, but I don't have a license for that plugin anymore. The ...
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Displaying cross-sections on a web page

I'm looking for inspiration and possible tools on how to display cross-sections on a (dynamic) webpage. More specifically I have to show on these cross-sections how underground pipelines are located ...
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How can I sucessfully import 3D surface and features from ArcGIS 10 into Sketchup 8?

What are the steps required to successfully export an entire 3D model (composed of TIN surfaces, 3D polygons, 3D polylines and 3D points) from ArcGIS 10 to Sketchup 8? Preferably, I would like the ...
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Are there any 3D GIS which exploit consumer level 3D HDTVs?

My company is moving into a new building and we will be purchasing a 65" or greater HDTV for the conference room. I am interested to know if there are "3D" GIS applications which currently exploit ...
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Looking for a free program for 3D visualization

Looking for a free program or web software for 3D visualization. I'd like to have an ArcScene like abilities. No editing needed, just need to see the data in a 3D format. It'd be really helpful for ...
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How can a 3D model of a building be displayed in a web-browser?

I would like to try to show a proposed building in a web-browser such that the user can interact with it in a way similar to google maps streetview. Is it possible to do this, in any platform? I can ...
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Where can I find a high quality real globe of a decent size without axis?

I'm trying to find a physical globe of a high map quality that doesn't have any axis or bearings as the axis mounted on standard desk globes completely obscures the arctic regions. High-quality map ...
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Which Windows GIS editors support the creation of 3D shapefiles besides ArcGIS with 3D Analyst?

I need to find and easy and affordable way to generate 3D linear shapefiles in Windows so one of our users can inspect our tool. We incorrectly assumed that he had 3D shapefile source data available ...
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How to represent floors in a building

Is there any way to represent floors in a building using GIS? (Also, it's stupid that I have to use existing tags cos none suit my question so I had to choose one at random.)
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Is there a standardized or “most used” dummy Z value?

Creating and importing both 2D and 3D data, I have many times encountered the situation where I have no Z value for a coordinate set, that the value of a Z coordinate seems out of range (like -99, ...
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How to properly Drape vectors over a DEM?

I have a DEM of my study area, and the streams in it. Whenever I add both to ArcScene, and drape the vectors over the DEM, some of the vectors disappear from over the surface, and are visible under ...
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS?

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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How can I digitize features on an Y,Z plane in ArcGIS?

How can I geo-reference and digitize features on a Y,Z plane of a vertical cross-section in ArcGIS? The surface coordinate system is NAD 83 UTM 15. This is a simplified version of the question found ...
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How can I create profile cross-sections in ArcGIS 10?

Because the default 'Profile Graph' tool was not sufficient, I wrote a custom VBA script that creates scaled and exaggerated profile cross-sections in ArcGIS but I need more features: Visualize more ...
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How to view LiDAR data from a web browser?

I am looking to host lidar data on my own server and give clients the ability to view that data through a web browser as a 3D point cloud (file would be in .las format or equivalent), possibly with ...
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Can I create, union and intersect 3D multipatch features using 3D Analyst extension (ArcGIS 10)?

I'm on ArcGIS 10. According to all the documentation I've read, 3D Analyst should be able to do what I am trying to get it to do, but I am running into problem after problem and I'm almost ready to ...
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PostGIS 3D in Action

I was wondering if there is a website that showcases Openlayers and PostGIS 3D in Action
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Is it possible to add photo-realistic clouds in ArcGlobe animations?

This question asked about the best software to produce professional fly-through animations, and included a link to a nice video of the Grand Canyon. That video includes photo-realistic clouds in the ...
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Is there are QGIS plugin to allow the 3d visualisation of geological borehole data similar to the functionality of Target for ArcGIS?

I'm very new to QGIS, I have started using it as my new company is not willing to pay for ArcGIS and Target at this stage so I'm hoping QGIS can substitute not just in the interim but for good. What ...
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Which ArcGIS product gives full 3D terrain navigation and (flight) simulation?

I looked at the ArcGIS ESRI website and find that 100% of the screenshots depicts a 2D map with at most relief shading. Is there any product ArcGIS or not that gives real 3D terrain visualisation ...
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What are the main fields of applications of 3D GIS?

I'm doing a scholary research on 3D GIS but i have some problems in finding where they are used. Does anyone know of any real life examples where 3D GIS has been adopted?
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creating a dem from contours

I have a large set of contours that I received broken down into several different subsets. I have merged most of the subsets together creating a larger set of contours in three different files. I have ...
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Practical Building Extraction Algorithm Implementation

I've been reading many papers over 3D building extraction using LiDAR data and Aerial images. I see that there are many different algorithms for doing such things, such as this and this. Those ...
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DXF attribute to z value

We have been given a DXF that contains a Elevation attribute but we would like to generate a 3D DXF. I know I can generate a 3D dxf from a shapefile using: ogr2ogr -f "DXF" out.dxf in.shp -zfield ...
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How can I calculate Moran's I in 3D?

This may be a question to post on a GIS forum, but I was wondering if among the spatial data experts here, someone could help me calculate the extension of Moran's I to 3D? Our data is about 3D ...
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How do you treat partial 3d features in PostGIS?

We have features from survey data that contain partial 3d information. The most common example would be a 2D LineString representing a road, that contains elevation information in certain points ...
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Assign Z value to start & end of PostGIS line

I have a line table in my PostGIS database and a table with invert levels for the start and end of each line. My goal is to create create 3D lines in my table, from my invert data. I know I can use ...
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Does anyone know of a good unaffiliated review of Rockworks?

I've been struggling to find a good software package for drillhole data management, subsurface geology modelling, and visualization (both 2D and 3D): something that can also be used to produce ...
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Can anyone share their experience with SpaceNavigator 3D mouse?

I was wondering if any of you had a chance to use any of the 3Dconnexion products in GIS setting? What are your experiences? Is something like SpaceNavigator worth investing into? Update: ...
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Is it possible to create 3D dxf with OGR?

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a 3D dxf with OGR. I would like to assign our contour lines a z value and export them to dxf for some cad work. PS I know FME can do this, however I would ...
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Open Source Stereo Compilation Software

I work in a Geography Department at a small university and we are looking at putting in a 3D Stereo Compilation systems. We have been looking at Stereo Analyst, PurView and Dat/em, but I was ...
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Clarification of the “25D” option in ogr2ogr

[EDIT: In my original post, I had received an error that was based on a typo, so I scrapped that part of the question, but left the questions that still apply.] In the ogr2ogr docs it says: -nlt ...
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Creating Anaglyphs from Nadir Images

Has anyone made an anaglyph photo from Nadir geospatial data? I have found some excellent examples of making anaglyphs in GIMP from digital photography. I would like to do a similar process with ...
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How do I convert a .dxf to a .shp containing a field with height information in QGIS?

I received two .dxf for my project that represent my area of interest. One of them contains buildings, the other one terrain elevation. They both are 3D. I can convert them to shapefiles successfully ...
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Has (ESRI) TIN been superseded by Terrain Dataset?

I've had version 10 for a few months but it wasn't until today that I really tested the 3D Analyst extension. (Other then visualizing data) I already noticed a lot of changes; a number of tools have ...
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What's a robust strategy for displaying 3D map data for navigation?

3D map data, specifically the kind you see on GPS units, or more recently on smart phones, almost always features a 'HUD' like view, which I'm trying to implement in an application of mine. I have ...
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Indoor positioning system hardware [closed]

I'm a software developer, dont know much about the hardware specifications and dont know where to start. (Even not sure is that the right stackexchange I should ask this question.) So, I want to know ...
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How to sample a 3D raster along a 3D path (or 4D raster along 4D path)?

I have a 3d raster dataset of atmospheric variables (lat x lon x altitude). I would like to sample this raster dataset along a 3d path. Any idea how I can achieve this, preferable with qgis or ...
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Is there a way to render 3D map tiles?

I am looking for a way to create map tiles from OSM data but I would like the resulting map tile images rendered at a 45 degree angle. Is there any way this can be done? I have never see such an ...
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How to visualize 3D model in ArcGIS?

I have hypsometric map/model of mountain which I get by contour lines with Z value. Can you explain how to visualize 3d model in ArcGIS? I need to get something like nviz command in GRASS.