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Incorporating known GPS/INS data to automatically produce geo-registered 3D models

I am trying to reconstruct a 3D building model from 2D video frames using an open-source Structure-From-Motion(SFM) software (Bundler). The final reconstructed 3D model will be in Cartesian ...
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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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Possible to use Google Earth to generate “skyline” planes?

I was really interested to notice that my city appears to have gotten the 3D Buildings treatment on Google Earth. I am trying to figure out how I might these 3D buildings to generate 'skylines' for a ...
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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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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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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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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 subsurface modelling

I am a student and initiating a thesis project for MS specialize degree in geophysics. I am working on tectono - stratigraphy of some area and want to do the 3D subsurface modelling of the same area ...
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Can I view ArcScene 3D models in a free viewer such as ArcReader or another 3rd party viewer?

I would like to build a complex 3D model in ArcScene, export it and send it to someone else that does not have ArcGIS with 3D Analyst. The idea is to interactively navigate the model during a ...
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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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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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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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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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What are nodes in ArcGIS and how do you create them?

I want to create a elevation profile of a cross section so a polyline on ArcGIS. I wanted to regularly space around 1000 points per 1700m long xsection and extract elevation data for each node/point ...
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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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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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3D map with latitude and longitude

I have a 3D map with latitude and longitude details. Is there a way I can take a 2D image (a png image) from 3D model in such a way that my 2D image also have the latitude and longitude as it is in 3d ...
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Can I intersect (slice) a multipatch geometry and obtain the perimeter line of the intersection as a result?

Can I intersect (slice) a multipatch geometry with a vertical polygon (or an extruded line) to obtain the perimeter line of the intersection? (or better yet a polygon) I am creating fairly complex ...
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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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Can I project 3D DXF vertical cross section into a “plan view projection plane” for display in ArcMap?

Below is the lenghty explanation but simply put my question is: How can I project a 3D DXF file (vertical cross section) into a "plan view projection" for use in ArcMap? I am using Target (by ...
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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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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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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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Rendering 3D timezones KML on a 2D map

I'm trying to render a KML layer (with timezones) in Google Maps API v3. The KML layer works fine in 3D (in Google Earth), but when I render it in 2D, the timezone lines that meet at the North Pole ...
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Layer 3D to Feature Class Empty Output

I'm trying to build 3D buildings from 2D footprints. I extrude by the building heights, and input the surface by editing the properties. From here I use the Layer 3D to Feature Class tool to convert ...
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How to export a shapefile from ArcGIS 10 into Autodesk Ecotect?

I am trying to export a shapefile from ArcGIS 10 into Autodesk Ecotect Analysis 2011 for solar analysis. I have a shapefile with polygons, and the heights of buildings is stored in the attribute ...
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writing a 3D polygon (arcpy)

I currently working on some scripts with 3D polygons using arcpy (arcgis10). Reading and data manupulation works fine, however writing the output back into a shapefile doesn't seem to work, it only ...
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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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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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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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How to show labels in arcglobe for extruded features

I am trying to visualize lithology data in ArcGlobe, i.e, the representation of different types of soil data under the earth. This I have done properly by creating Z aware featureclass and extrusion ...
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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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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 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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ArcGIS Surface Length Tool equivalent in FME

I am trying to calculate the 3D length of a line. I currently have a rather complex and cumbersome model built in ArcGIS Model Builder that uses a tool called "Surface Length". I was wondering if ...
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Point to Raster Issues

I am having some trouble with something fairly simple.. I am creating a 3D subsoil model for display in arcscene - i can get it displayed nicely as points but in order for the model to be easier to ...
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Displaying z-values in arcscene

Probably there is a very simple solution to my problem - I just can't find one! I have a point shapefile with x, y and z data - I can display it in arcscene but it is flat - the z data isn't being ...
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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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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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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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Displaying 3D subsoil models in ArcScene

I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to display a 3D subsoil model in arcscene? The data we will have will be exported from rockworks in point form - and then we need to convert it to - ...
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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 to digitize directional drilholes from scanned vertical sections? [duplicate]

I need an advice how to do this. Normally, I either receive a file containing drill holes or at least data with xy position, direction, depths and attributes. I then use this data for further ...
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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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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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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: ...
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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 ...