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Can anyone share their experience with SpaceNavigator 3D mouse? [closed]

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: Apparently,...
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Render the PostGIS OSM data in 3d?

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 ...
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Converting KMZ/KML to SHP (3D objects)

I have 3D buildings in .kmz file. I can see them in Google Earth, but I cannot import them to ArcGIS. What I've tried until now: I saved it as a .kml file in GoogleEarth and then try to convert the ....
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Features to 3D from 2D in QGIS

Is there a way to convert 2D features to "3D" features in QGIS? I know there is a way to do this in ArcMap by using an attribute value in the attribute table, but I am looking to do this with ...
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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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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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Making a 3D map with shapefiles, lidar and aerial image data

I want to try to make a simple 3D map for a small area (10 square miles) with some housing, some roads and some vegetation on it. My geodata is as follows: shapes with houses/roads/vegetation. ...
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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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Why aren't 3D Globes used as the basis of GIS systems?

Maps have been around for thousands of years and have been widely accepted as the means of representing spatial information. We all know about several map projections,each with their merits and ...
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3d earth mapping with javascript or browser plugin

I am currently working to develop a web-based mapping application. A lot of the mapping tools such as google maps are 2d imagery. I know that google earth has a 3d browser plugin, but a requirement of ...
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Open source/free software for generating a 3D view of mapping?

Is there any software that will generate a 3D view given a DTM/height data and raster mapping, and output an image in a printable resolution? I am looking for something similar to what you'd find in a ...
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How to create 3D globe view with OpenLayers?

I want to create 3D view. and I am using OpenLayers. Is it Possible?
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How do I georeference a ski map?

I have a map of a mountainous landscape, http://skimap.org/data/989/60/1218033025.jpg. It contains a number of known points, the lat-longs of which can be easily found out using google maps. I wish to ...
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Pictometry Accuracy and/or Alternative

I'm looking for some insights into the accuracy (x,y,z) of oblique imagery from Pictometry in terms of providing accurate measurements for property evaluation. Is the high cost of this product ...
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3D snapping in open source platforms

I'm looking for tools and extensions in open source platforms (gvSIG, QGIS, uDig, etc) that allows 3D snapping. In the last years, most of the projects my company is working on required the editing ...
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Contour lines with imported shape file using Blender GIS - wrong Z values

I've been making experiments with Blender GIS and QGIS. I'm having problems when importing Shapefiles with contour lines, with a field for elevation (ELEVATION FROM FIELD selected when importing). I'...
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How do you make 3d features from survey point data in arcGIS 9.3?

I have survey point data brought into ArcGIS using Survey Analyst Extension. I have created my 2D shapefiles of the cross-sections, thalwegs, and roadways but I can not get it to populate the zfield ...
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3D geological model from cross sections, preferably using Open Source software

I work with engineering geology, and my workflow includes making many cross sections of a given site, with data from maps, fieldwork (outcrops) and boreholes. What I'm looking for is a way of taking ...
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How to drape a simple jpeg image over dem of some area?

How can we drape a simple jpeg image which doesnot have any geo referencing information over the digital elevation model in order to visualize it in 3D in QGIS?
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How do I cast shadows from 3D Objects in ArcScene?

I would like to cast shadows from my 3D objects in ArcScene onto the surface and other objects. (Much like I can in SketchUp). Is it possible? If so how?
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3D visualization for marine navigation

Is there anyone who has some experience or knowledge on 3D visualization and/or GIS softwares capable of displaying 3D bathymetric data and 3D ship model together? Nearly all GIS softwares work with ...
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How to mix polygon extrusion and different altitude modes in KML?

I want to create boxes by simply extruding polygons but with special "floors". I've been able to find several existing solutions for the extrusion problem. The remaining problem is that the "floor" of ...
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Can I identify if a point is inside a volume in PostGIS?

We are currently investigating PostGIS as an option to look up three-dimensional blocks which contain a point (and later also lines). At this point in time I cannot see any functionality that operates ...
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Why are z-values replaced with zero after in_memory use in Python?

My script takes separate 3D feature classes, calculates a field, appends to a target feature class, and then deletes the originals. This is a huge data processing task of over 4700 mass point feature ...
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getting from a DEM to points that could be used for a TIN

I have a DEM, and would like to create a set of points that I can use to make a mesh for a 3d modeling program, such as Maya, Blender, or SketchUp. If I were to make a TIN from a DEM in ArcGIS, ArcGIS ...
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Why does the 3D Analyst 2D export renderer create anomalies?

A lot have been improved in the 3D Analyst 10 including the ability to export large scenes as large 2D images. However, some problems still exist one of which is: When I export a scene that contains a ...
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How to convert a set of points to a solid object?

I have a data generated as the output of some numerical processes. I need them to be converted into 3D solid objects (as CAD solid format) to make them importable for some particular numerical ...
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What programs would allow for the mapping of a geoid in 3d?

I would like to find a method for plotting an exaggerated geoid (e.g. topography): I primarily use R for my work but would be interested in other open source software options (e.g. QGIS w/ GRASS). ...
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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.
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Georeferencing 3D model or 3D buildings?

I am working on a 3D project so I have to georeference 3D buildings which are created by 3D designer. Does anyone know the solution?
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Is it possible to draw a 3D Choropleth Map in ArcGIS?

What I have in mind is something like these two examples below: Also, if it is not possible to create a 3D choropleth map in ArcGIS, is there some other GIS software package that can draw 3D ...
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How to build cylinder or cube multipatch objects in ArcGIS?

I'm trying to visualise a series of boreholes, which consist of points on the ground surface, and soil sample values taken at 0.01m depth intervals (in a related table). eg in this screenshot, I've ...
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What are alternatives to ArcGIS for Desktop and Google Earth for these requirements?

I currently have a python script that will take in data and output it as a KMZ file, which I then open in Google Earth on my desktop. The data has two views; a 3D polygon tower (clustered data) and ...
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How to “calculate” distance-to-ground of all 18 OSM zoom levels?

Assuming I'm building a 3D solution with the "world" being mapped to global geo-data supplied by OSM / Cloudmade... think http://www.webglearth.com but with completely different goals and use-cases. ...
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Using Calculate Field (Data Management) tool to calculate 3D Length in ArcGIS 10.1

I'm relatively new to the world of model builder and scripting, so it's likely there is a very simple solution to the question I've been trying to figure out. I'm trying to create a tool that takes ...
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How can I Enable Google Earth 3D features in QGIS?

I want to ask if there is any plugin or any other way where I can use Google Earth features in QGIS. When I'm saying Google Earth features I mean to be able to see roads, towns, etc and to be able to ...
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3d vector and geometry operations in open-source GIS

There is some really good open-source software available to work with 2D vectors. For example QGIS has operations like buffer / clip / dissolve / select by location / join attributes by location... ...
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Correct georeferenced LiDAR data

Often I obtain LIDAR data for concept studies and conventional survey (in dxf format) over a small portion of this. The LIDAR typically covers the broader area and is used for broader studies, ...
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Rasterise heights from a 3D linestring

I have a 3D network of streams represented using linestrings with Z-coordinates. I would like to rasterise this feature, where the raster values represent the linearly interpolated Z-values between 3D ...
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How can I make my data efficient and “light” to do 3D Visualizations in Google Earth?

As a test run, I'd like to visualize population on census blocks for a few states (New England for example). I assume that the kml to do this will be huge, when you factor in the census boundaries and ...
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google earth profile used in mashup or flex

I really like the way google earth profile works, 1. mouse over line, right click, select profile 2. slide the mouse over the created 3d profile an dsee where that is on the map. Has anyone an idea ...
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Qgis2threejs plugin results images with bleeding edges and wider background canvas

I have started using 3D Qgis2threejs plugin in an attempt to make some beautiful 3D images of LiDAR analysis I am currently working. I have two questions regarding that: I am getting that bleeding ...
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Retrieving average building height in urban areas

I am looking for a way to collect data on the height profile of some cities over time. I don't need to produce a detailed 3D reconstruction of cities, nor do I need to detect and measure individual ...
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PostGIS - table with 3d points with fast ordering by distance

I am pretty new to PostGIS and I am trying to solve the following problem. I need a table with 3D points (x,y,z) that will contain around 1-10million points. I want to be able to efficiently ask the ...
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Using projections to obtain perspective views

I understand that a perspective view is essentially a type of projection. Is it possible to create projection definitions for a typical GIS system that will mimic a perspective view from a particular ...
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How to compute average slope and area-weighted average slope?

I am learning GIS for use in hydrologic analysis. Related to computation of overland flow there are two types of slope that I would like to be able to obtain from GIS. The first is average slope for ...
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How can I add 3 axis orientation information to my photos?

I have a survey project where I need to record not only the location, but the direction (bearing and angle of elevation/depression) that the camera was pointing at the time the picture was taken. ...
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What do I need to create 3D model of real terrain?

I'd like to create 3D model of some real terrain (to be exact it's about some real roads and only as much as 80m to 100m of roadside - 40m to 50m of each side). As I don't have access to highly ...
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TIN Creation from 3D Contour File

I'm currently trying to import a 3D contour file into a QGIS project. How can I export the DXF file from Microstation with height information? I already have imported it to the QGIS project but ...