ArcView Users Can Do 3D.Multigen-Paradigm has shipped its SiteBuilder 3D software tool, a plug-in extension to ESRI's famous ArcView GIS desktop mapping Using a desktop computer to perform digital mapping functions. program. SiteBuilder 3D provides Arcview users with a quick and easy solution to visualise the normally two-dimensional GIS data in a three-dimensional environment. SiteBuilder 3D gives ArcView users the ability to seamlessly transform their 2D map data into realistic, fully interactive 3D scenes. Creating 3D terrain models directly from common elevation data sources, including digital elevation models A digital map of the elevation of an area on the earth. The data are either collected by a private party or purchased from an organization such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that has already undertaken the exploration of the area. and contour maps, SiteBuilder allows terrain skins to be draped drape
v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
1. To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure. with either an active map or high-resolution aerial or satellite imagery Satellite imagery consists of photographs of Earth or other planets made from artificial satellites. History
The first satellite photographs of Earth were made August 14, 1959 by the US satellite Explorer 6. . The new plug-in utilises a library of photo-realistic 3D models and textures to transform 2D map symbols into 3D features -- and no advanced 3D modelling or rendering experience is required. Users can then fly, walk and drive through their 3D scene with the computer mouse as a pointing tool and view multiple focal points focal point
See focus. from any angle or perspective. Optional features, such as clouds, fog and time of day, can be added to enhance the reality of the environment.