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3D GIS Analysis Software

There has been many commercial software available for performing the 3D analysis of the spatial data, besides the extension of the popular GIS software.In this listing, we have listed some of the commercially available extensions and 3D visualization & analysis software. The feature listed are from their respective websites.

AutoCAD Map 3D software is a engineering GIS platform for creating and managing spatial data. This bridges CAD and GIS by providing direct access to data, regardless of how it is stored, and by enabling the use of AutoCAD software tools for maintaining a broad variety of geospatial information.

The software can analyze the data for elevation, slope, and aspect. The use of AutoCAD 3D can add a whole new depth of visual information by creating and analyzing 3D raster surfaces, adding aerial photographs or digital elevation models (DEM and DTED) quickly. It can also combine vector and raster data with the help of raster draping capabilities for fully detailed, photorealistic 3D renderings.

Bentley Microstation
MicroStation is a CAD platform used by architects, engineers, contractors and GIS professionals to integrate work on buildings, civil engineering projects, power plants and geospatial information. PowerDraft module of Microstattion is used for production 2D/3D drafting and detailing. Bentley Navigator can move up to 3D visualization and construction simulation. Bentley View is the view-only version of Bentley Navigator is an ideal tool for interactive 3D design walk-through and schedule simulation. This FREE desktop tool. Bentley View can also view and print 2D/3D Microstation and Autodesk files. The 3D modeling capabilities of Microstation includes,

  • Advanced and comprehensive wireframe, surface, mesh and feature-based solid modeling tools
  • Versatile tools for carving and sculpting 3D geometry
  • Google 3D Warehouse Integration
  • Support for 3DS Max files (Autodesk)

www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/MicroStation/ resource+center.htm

ER Mapper
ER Mapper offers a complete suite of tools to generate maps of the highest quality and to incorporate 3D views in a map. It includes powerful, fully integrated 2D and 3D processing capabilities. In this, multiple layers of raster and vector imagery can be displayed in 3D. On the fly, the image view can be changed from 2D planimetric to 3D perspective or 3D flythrough modes. With the new surface gridding wizard being introduced, gridded datasets can be created from height values which can be included with raster imagery for display in 3D. Some specific 3D functionalities of ER Mapper are,

  • Automatic performance balancing when working in 3D
  • Any 2D view can be shown in 3D simply by adding a height layer
  • Location query in 3D using the 3D cursor
  • Preferred 3D view and properties can be saved and recalled
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3D GIS Analysis Software

There has been many commercial software available for performing the 3D analysis of the spatial data, besides the extension of the popular GIS software.In this listing, we have listed some of the commercially available extensions and 3D visualization & analysis software. The feature listed are from their respective websites.

AutoCAD Map 3D software is a engineering GIS platform for creating and managing spatial data. This bridges CAD and GIS by providing direct access to data, regardless of how it is stored, and by enabling the use of AutoCAD software tools for maintaining a broad variety of geospatial information.

The software can analyze the data for elevation, slope, and aspect. The use of AutoCAD 3D can add a whole new depth of visual information by creating and analyzing 3D raster surfaces, adding aerial photographs or digital elevation models (DEM and DTED) quickly. It can also combine vector and raster data with the help of raster draping capabilities for fully detailed, photorealistic 3D renderings.

Bentley Microstation
MicroStation is a CAD platform used by architects, engineers, contractors and GIS professionals to integrate work on buildings, civil engineering projects, power plants and geospatial information. PowerDraft module of Microstattion is used for production 2D/3D drafting and detailing. Bentley Navigator can move up to 3D visualization and construction simulation. Bentley View is the view-only version of Bentley Navigator is an ideal tool for interactive 3D design walk-through and schedule simulation. This FREE desktop tool. Bentley View can also view and print 2D/3D Microstation and Autodesk files. The 3D modeling capabilities of Microstation includes,

  • Advanced and comprehensive wireframe, surface, mesh and feature-based solid modeling tools
  • Versatile tools for carving and sculpting 3D geometry
  • Google 3D Warehouse Integration
  • Support for 3DS Max files (Autodesk)

www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/MicroStation/ resource+center.htm

ER Mapper
ER Mapper offers a complete suite of tools to generate maps of the highest quality and to incorporate 3D views in a map. It includes powerful, fully integrated 2D and 3D processing capabilities. In this, multiple layers of raster and vector imagery can be displayed in 3D. On the fly, the image view can be changed from 2D planimetric to 3D perspective or 3D flythrough modes. With the new surface gridding wizard being introduced, gridded datasets can be created from height values which can be included with raster imagery for display in 3D. Some specific 3D functionalities of ER Mapper are,

  • Automatic performance balancing when working in 3D
  • Any 2D view can be shown in 3D simply by adding a height layer
  • Location query in 3D using the 3D cursor
  • Preferred 3D view and properties can be saved and recalled

 

The ER Mapper also has a surface grid wizard which creates multi-band images from multiple input sources.

www.ermapper.com/ProductView.aspx?t=96