3D Mapping Software for South Africa
Maptitude is a robust and easy-to-use mapping tool that incorporates three-dimensions (3D). Maptitude provides all the features that your organisation requires in order to take advantage of the geographic elements underpinning successful 3D, surface, and terrain-based projects.
Maptitude costs only US$695 and is packaged as a one-stop-solution, shipping with all the tools required to allow infrastructure professionals (analysts, surveyors, architects, planners, civil engineers, geoscientists and designers) to model 3D data.
Maptitude includes an easy-to-use but powerful 3D heat mapping tool that you can use to illustrate your data for area layers such as postal/ZIP Codes or sales territories (Figure 1). The 3-D theme tool supports the visualization of two columns of data via choices for both color and height. This mapping video shows how to create 3D thematic maps.
Maptitude can be used for 3D mapping in many countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil and in many additional locations (more data…).
The 3D View allows you to visualize maps in stunning and compelling ways, enabling you to explore locations with an audience in ways that just aren't possible in two dimensions (2D). By presenting your data in a realistic 3D perspective, decision makers, influencers and stakeholders will have better insights into your work.
You can build a 3D scene from the huge number of Maptitude model files, and users can add their own 3D buildings and scenery using any combination of SketchUp, VRML, or 3DS formats (Figure 2).
Maptitude supports connectivity with a wide variety of geographic (raster/vector) and tabular databases such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle (See the Maptitude Data Access page for more information on supported data formats). Maptitude allows simultaneous editing of geographic and attribute data files by multiple users, and has native support for corporate databases (e.g., Oracle Spatial) for direct storage, editing, and access to all types of geographic data.
Maptitude runs on Windows, while Maptitude for the Web applications are accessible via browser-based interfaces, allowing use in the field via mobile devices.
With Maptitude, you can:
- Use your 2D GIS software datasets to create and manipulate 3D views
- Exaggerate the vertical differences in elevation and models
- Create, utilise, analyse, visualise, manage, and edit 2D/3D spatial data with GIS and CAD Tools
- Share 3D flythrough videos
- View and manipulate aerial/satellite image layers
- Perform reprojections and coordinate/projection/datum transformations, and manipulate geometries
- Create reports and publish high-resolution maps as graphics or as large-scale prints
- Work with parcel and cadastral layers
3D Views can be comprised of:
- Surface layers that are based on a map or aerial/satellite image draped over a 3D surface
- Grid layers such as a Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
- Extruded building footprints, which are a simple way to represent buildings as 3D blocks
- Models such as vehicles, people, vegetation, buildings, bridges, and any other structure
Once you have created a 3D scenario you can view it from various angles and move through the 3D landscape automatically using a flight path.
With Maptitude you can analyse and display surfaces on a 2D map or as a 3D View. You can prepare the surface from any point layer that contains elevation values, typically measured in feet or meters above sea level. Maptitude can also create surfaces that represent data values such as measures of air pollution or levels of radon gas over a geographic region. These models may be used to generate contours or to interpolate data values at specific locations.
The Maptitude surface analysis tools and applications allow you to:
- Perform 3D site design
- Visualise 3D terrain and surfaces
- Analyse viewsheds, a process that is also known as catchment analysis, zones of theoretical view, zones of visual influence, visibility potential maps, or visibility analysis (Figure 3)
- Calculate (interpolate) the elevation at a point
- Query spot heights
- Draw an elevation profile between two points
- Create contours as a line or area layer (Figure 4)
- Create DEM and Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) layers
- Find the shortest paths over terrain with penalties for steeper gradient and changes in elevation
You can also use density grids to visualise point data by transforming the points into a regular grid. For example, you can identify customer or employment concentrations and then view the maps in a 3D View where higher concentrations are shown with a higher elevation (Figure 5).
Maptitude starts at only US$695 and is packaged as a one-stop solution. Maptitude remains the most competitively priced professional 3D mapping software available and is unique in the marketplace for the provision of comprehensive data and functionality in a single product for a single low price.
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“The new Maptitude GIS provides a sophisticated 3-D reality that looks professional as well as providing viewers with artistic and precise 3-D maps. ”
Dr. Aniruddha Banerjee, IUPUI; UC Berkeley