02 Sep 2012 to 02 Sep 2012
The rapid advancements taking place in graphics computing in general, coupled with the scale and pervasiveness cloud computing brings, have helped the 3D GIS discipline tremendously. As such, the three components that make up 3D GIS - Visualization, Analytics and Modelling have seen an unparalleled growth in the past decade.
In this paper, we’ll explore those three aspects of 3D GIS, with specific examples and workflows using Esri’s software stack. Undoubtedly, deservedly or not, the visualization aspect is much heralded, because of its inherent visual nature. The analytics and modelling – more so the latter, have remained as a niche discipline and are still in their infancy. This paper will describe how those 3 areas of 3D GIS have matured, mostly via use cases from virtual cities. This paper will also present practical guides and best practices, that one should adhere to in designing a 3D GIS implementation – be it on the cloud or on premise.
The emergence of server based computing for GIS processes have been growing in 3D GIS space as well. With the release of ArcGIS 10 and now ArcGIS 10.1, Esri has taken a significant step in making ArcGIS services available as part of a cloud computing infrastructure. We will review, with concrete examples how the process of publishing, managing, administering and consuming such services has been simplified in the latest release of ArcGIS 10.1. We’ll conclude with a forward-looking assessment as to what this would entail to 3D GIS in the future.
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