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August 6th, 2015
Global 3D Expert Takes Oz Mapping to Another Dimension

An international 3D technology specialist and pioneer will make a rare Australian visit to present to some of the country’s leading spatial experts on how cutting-edge advances are opening up modelling for every day, real-world use.

Eric Wittner, a US-based specialist with global Geographic Information System (GIS) technology giant Esri, will unveil how new, user-friendly 3D tools can streamline traditional workflows at the Australian Esri User Conference – Ozri 2015 – in September.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Wittner said 3D GIS technology – once the sole domain of urban planners and technical experts – can now be used to simulate highly detailed natural and urban environments for a range of industries.
“These new tools are putting 3D onto field workers’ mobile devices and the data can be analysed in real-time back into the office,” Mr Wittner said.
“Staff can bring up proposed plans for a new building in 3D and visualise how the development will impact the surrounding area.
“By clicking on the model, the spatial analysis behind it, such as the impact on traffic and the affects to views from a building development, can be seen.”
Mr Wittner said Australia was more progressive than the United States in the adoption of 3D technology.
“Australia’s cities are amongst the most advanced in the world when it comes to using GIS technology for planning and are in a position to benefit from the latest technology advancements today,” Mr Wittner.
“Local governments, in particular, have a mature understanding of how 3D modelling can express designs, proposals and values to their residents,” Mr Wittner said.
“With large repositories of local data, most councils are well-positioned to implement 3D solutions supporting the modelling of planning, emergency response and asset management.”
Mr Wittner said simpler navigation and faster, more intuitive tools also ensured 3D modelling is no longer confined to buildings and urban planning.
“The technology can be used by emergency services to generate a detailed disaster response for floods or fires as well as mining companies, environmental organisations and developers,” Mr Wittner said.
In an Australian-first, Mr Wittner will reveal how one Victorian council is redefining traditional 3D technology use, during his highly anticipated keynote.
Hosted by Esri Australia, Ozri 2015 will be held in Melbourne from September 2 – 4 with some of the world’s leading GIS experts discussing current trends and new developments with the ArcGIS Platform.