One of the most actual developments in the world of geospatial technologies is a growing interest and a need for a cloud based 3D mapping solutions.
2.5 quintillion bytes of data is being generated every day, and a large portion of this data is location-based, and that includes 3D information. Traditional GIS, including the increasingly popular GIS Cloud technologies, offer a wide range of functionalities for two-dimensional mapping. Lot of the 3D information generated every day is not used to its fullest potential.
Value of visualizing in 3D emerges from the more realistic depiction of real object and structures that create more intuitive and more comprehensive understanding of the particular area, infrastructure or a construction projects.
2D GIS in the cloud already replaces the need to be at the particular location with media enriched map visualizations. Adding another dimension to a spatial representation of a location can make a natural and immersive experience in many areas where GIS counts as an important part of daily operations.
Some of the most often mentioned 3D GIS applications is in the industries such as real estate, urban planning, public rescue operations, mining, outdoor advertisements, military, and others.
But, commercial 3D GIS options are far from the perfect 3D solution that would include all the features 2D GIS already offers, at the same time having a satisfying performance that would make it really useful in performing daily tasks. We could say that 3D cloud based GIS is, in a way, work in progress. Some of the prominent vendors are now heading in the 3D direction, and it could be expected that this will become the industry standard in the following years.
GIS Cloud, one of the pioneers in the cloud based GIS, currently explores the possibilities of 3D visualization within the GIS Cloud platform.
Dino Ravnić, CEO and Co-founder of GIS Cloud, explains this recent development with the following words:
“Our focus has always been high quality and fast map rendering. We started with 2D and are now exploring how to evolve to the next dimension.”