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3D GIS question HERE!!!

michaelskis

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The GIS Tech and I (I am his assistant) where taking, and we want to know what program would be good for going 3D. Right now we are running ESRI Arc Map 8.3, and other smaller programs. We would entertain the idea of another vendor. What would you recommend? We are also looking at the option of setting of 3D drive/fly through presentations.

So I am hoping that you can give some input on what programs you have used in the past, and are using now. Thanks for your help.
 

Chet

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I've used several programs for 3D and all were ESRI based. No one ever leaves THE FIRM man, non one.
 
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There is an arcview extension for doing 3D:
From ESRI Virtual Campus
Learning ArcGIS 3D Analyst (First module FREE)
Required Software
ArcView 8.1-8.3, ArcEditor 8.1-8.3 or ArcInfo 8.1-8.3
ArcGIS 3D Analyst 8.1-8.3 extension
(Trial software CD can be requested with purchase. Read About Trial Software.)


Overview
This new six-module course shows how to use the ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension within the ArcMap and ArcCatalog environments. The course teaches what a surface model is and shows how to create raster and vector surfaces. Working mostly with models of terrain, students will display surfaces in three-dimensional perspective, symbolize them, and set three-dimensional properties such as sun position. Students will create realistic models by draping aerial photographs over surfaces and displaying ordinary two-dimensional features, such as rivers, roads, and buildings, in three dimensions. They will perform three-dimensional geographic analysis such as finding steepest paths, determining intervisibility between locations on a surface, and calculating volumes.


http://campus.esri.com/acb2000/show...ID=728&CATID=73&CFID=1452700&CFTOKEN=27960563
 
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Chet said:
I've used several programs for 3D and all were ESRI based. No one ever leaves THE FIRM man, non one.
I will try to refute that later, when I have the time. I will see what free stuff I can find. :-D
 

Doitnow

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Ive worked with 3d Analyst and its good.
Depending on the scale of the data you can even try to use ERDAS Imagine which has a 3D flythrough module. I had seen an interesting demo once for a military application.
 

teshadoh

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As mentioned ArcView 3-D Analyst is the way to 'develop' 3D data. ArcScene is the software that is available with a 3D Analyst, it's somewhere bundled up in ArcGIS.
 
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Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
This is supposedly all free and "contouring"/3D softare:
http://software.geocomm.com/contouring/

Here is a page of Free stuff and some of it says "3D" in the name:
http://freegis.org/index.en.html

Here is a page from the Open GIS Consortium website -- not necessarily "free" stuff but things that meet or are working on compliance with "Open" specifications. The list is pretty long. So I think it is worth including:

http://www.opengis.org/resources/?page=products

I would do more poking around on your behalf, by, hey, my week has been nuts. And I only expect things to get busier. :-D 8-!
 
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