3D Mapping for Urban and Regional Planning

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The process of mapping in 3D for urban and regional planning purposes is not an uncomplicated matter. It involves both the construction of a new data-model and new routines for the geometric modeling of the physical objects. This is due to the fact that most of the documentation until now has been registered and georeferenced to the 2D plan. This paper will outline a new method for 3D mapping where new LIDAR (laser-scanning) technology and additional 2D maps with attributes will be combined to create a 3D map of an urban area. The 3D map will afterwards be used in a real-time simulation system (also known as Virtual Reality system) for urban and regional planning purposes. This initiative will be implemented in a specific geographic region (North Jutland County in Denmark) by a new research centre at Aalborg University called Centre for 3D GeoInformation. The key question for this research team will be how to build, store and distribute planning information to the public through the use of real-time 3D virtual environments and proper electronic transport protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationURISA 2002 Annual Conference Proceedings and Exposition Proceedings, 2002
EditorsMark J. Salling
Publication date2002
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event3D Mapping for Urban and Regional Planning -
Duration: 19 May 2010 → …


Conference3D Mapping for Urban and Regional Planning
Period19/05/2010 → …


  • 3D
  • virtual reality
  • Simulation
  • Object-oriented geodatabase

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