British Columbia, Canada, 16 June 2006: Solid Terrain Modeling (STM), manufacturer of accurate 3-D solid-terrain models, has just completed the installation of a new model of the entire province of British Columbia under the glass-and-iron canopy of Victoria’s historic Crystal Garden. The model can be viewed from many levels, and allows visitors to see British Columbia as it actually looks from outer space every geographic feature in vivid color and exquisite detail.
Consisting of 100 separate curved panels, the model was created from digital elevation and imagery data obtained from satellites orbiting the earth. Each panel is individually shaped so that the model shows the actual curvature of the earth.
The British Columbia model is larger than a “doubles” tennis court and is being claimed to be the world’s largest physical-terrain model ever created from digital data sources. It is the centerpiece of the BC Experience, the Crystal Garden’s magnificent new geographic discovery center that allows visitors to navigate through the physical and cultural wonder that is British Columbia. The BC Experience opens to the public on June 26.