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Forestry 2005 Show Reel
This collection of images and animations was put together for the Society of American Foresters event. Works were contributed by 3D Nature customers from around the world.
Big Horn Forest Case Study
This is a case study write up of a beetle kill mitigation project in the Big Horn National Forest in Wyoming. .
Whether you are creating visualizations for approval on a new clear cut, exploring the options for forestry work, researching the ecological effects of a kill area mitigation or making educational materials to share with the public, 3D Nature provides tools that are designed to be used in all Forestry applications.
- Take the chore out of visualization with VNS 2’s process
improvements and tools. Streamline data flow, reduce file conversion,
automate data integration and eliminate redundant
changes and updates.
- Use the intuitive and flexible Import Wizard to assimilate your
terrain data from over twenty supported formats. Crop, shift,
scale, adjust and tile during import. For contour lines, TINs or
control points, quickly grid regularized terrain meshes straight
from the Import Wizard.
- No need to reproject your data before importing it, VNS
natively understands over 30 different projections and over
300 datums. Mix and match data in different projections and
datums with ease, VNS will ensure they line up properly.
- Import landcover information in raster or vector form. Choose
relevant shapefile attributes (species name, density in stems
per unit area, height) to be used later. If the landcover data are
likely to be changing, flag the shapefile for Dynamic ReImport
and VNS will reload a fresh copy every time the Project loads.
- Create an Ecosystem Component for each major species or
species mix. Add representative foliage images — we supply
hundreds. Don’t see the perfect one? They’re easy to make
from digital images of tree specimens. Create a quick Search
Query to instruct VNS to look at polygon attributes and identify
which correspond to each species. Create a Thematic Map
that draws directly from height classification attributes and
communicates them to the Ecosystem. Add unit or notation
conversion factors if necessary. Add another Thematic Map to
connect up Density information. That’s it! Height and Density
Thematic Maps are often common to all Ecosystems, avoiding
duplicate effort. Combine multiple subdominant species into
each Ecosystem and control their height and density with
- Choose a Viewpoint interactively, moving the virtual camera
around with the mouse. Or, copy from an imported position
or path with the Path/Vector Transfer tool. Fly down a road
centerline. Recreate the perspective from a GPS-surveyed location.
Explore known and unknown vantages. View from overhead
or person height. Turn on RealTime foliage and see every
tree and plant in realtime as you move around your scene.
- A forestry visualization is more than just stems of vegetation.
Define a typical understory vegetation and ground texture for
each Ecosystem if appropriate. Add water bodies like lakes
and streams using the same attribute-driven methodology to
specify their locations and water levels. Drop in one of several
provided Road Components simply by specifying a path or
polygon. Create your own custom road definitions complete
with texturing, striping, even blend in shoulders with weeds.
Make the visualization sing with realistic clouds: puffy, thick,
thin, light, dark or colorful. Add fog, mists and distant haze.
- There’s never just one option, and frequently it falls to visualization
to depict the multitude of potential courses of action.
Encompassing the numerous variations, ensuring they all stay
current to common changes and updating them all when the
base data is updated could be a herculean task. Scenarios in
VNS coordinate the task of orchestrating multiple variations of
a theme within a single easily managed project file. Scenarios
can dynamically show or remove elements from a visualization
for a particular rendering. Keep the common elements together
as you add or remove proposed cutblocks and roads, relocate
polygons and redesign perimeters, change lighting conditions
and make long-term alterations to the landscape.
- Communicate the proposal by choosing the most expressive
medium for the project. Create still images of critical vantage
points, large posters contrasting alternatives, animated presentations
of before and after, fly-throughs, fly-overs and drive-by
movies. Interact with panoramic renderings showing every
angle from one or more viewpoints. Depict the same proposal,
summer and winter, morning and evening, leafed or bare.
Produce everything from a single unified project!
- Add extra defining information to rendered output with Post
Processing. The Text and Graphic Overlay features can add the
professional finishing touch to every visualization. Add a company
logo graphic in one corner of the output. Overlay a
copyright notice, or mark not-for-release images as such. The
Dynamic Text Overlay feature can put updated constantly
changing information about current camera/observer position
right onto the animation as a heads-up-display of position,
elevation, heading/bearing and more. VNS can automatically
annotate each image with the Project name, Camera name and
Job/Options name, allowing easy identification of which proposal,
variation and viewpoint the image represents.
- Creating high resolution posters and detailed animations on a
production schedule can tax the computing abilities of the
fastest computers. Stay ahead of deadlines by harnessing the
power of all available computers during down times with the
SuperConductor render farm controller and license-free
Render Engine capability included with every VNS. Buy one
license of VNS, get the ability to render on many networked
clients overnight or on weekends when they’re idle. Deliver
more, in less time.
- VNS 2 has many tools to save you time. If you’ve made something
useful, chances are you’ll use it again. Minimize redundant
work by saving reusable Components for use in future
projects. Encapsulate whole schema (Thematic Maps, Search
Queries Dynamically linked to Components to define how
your data should be interpreted) into a standardized Template.
Now, creating a new visualization using the same rules is as
quick and easy as inserting new terrain and landcover data
files into a Template-derived project. All the pre-made
Components and rule bindings are picked up automatically.
Templates can be created and maintained by a VNS-trained
expert, but utilized on a daily basis by less experienced production
- Design your scene and then export it using Scene Express
for interactive realtime exploration.
Visual Nature Studio and World Construction Set satisfy the needs of Forestry and Resource Managers at two different levels. Visual Nature Studio gives you greater power, precision and flexibility plus some extra features that WCS doesn't have. World Construction Set is great for concept development where scientific and geographic accuracy are of lesser importance. Both programs give you the ultimate in artistic expression and photo-realism.. If you would like to learn more about the differences between WCS and VNS visit our Product Comparison Page.
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