What will a new development look like? What will an entire “viewshed” look like when built to capacity? GIS-driven landscape simulations are built on highly accurate, three-dimensional models of terrain that include vegetation and structures. Building height, color and type are a few examples of the factors that can be included in the 3-D model to accurately represent an existing landscape. Models of vegetation—based on tree height, species and vegetation density—add the final element. Once the 3-D model is built, photo-realistic still images or animations provide an easy-to-access final product, which is suitable for a website or public meeting.
A plethora of GIS data can be used to accurately locate buildings, setbacks, riparian buffers, and driveways to name a few. The final 3-D model can be viewed from any vantage point and be used to create a 3-D fly-by. Slides for PowerPoint presentations, animations and still images, suitable for websites or printed maps, can easily be created.