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Intelligent Open Data 3D Maps in a Collaborative Virtual World

School of Engineering, Aalto University, P.O. Box 15800, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Construction and Real Estate Hubic, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, P.O. Box 4023, FI-00079 Metropolia, Finland
Adminotech Oy, Mäkelininkatu 15, 90100 Oulu, Finland
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 27, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, Geodeetinrinne 2, FI-02430 Masala, Finland
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Academic Editor: Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(2), 837-857;
Received: 13 February 2015 / Accepted: 8 May 2015 / Published: 18 May 2015
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Three-dimensional (3D) maps have many potential applications, such as navigation and urban planning. In this article, we present the use of a 3D virtual world platform Meshmoon to create intelligent open data 3D maps. A processing method is developed to enable the generation of 3D virtual environments from the open data of the National Land Survey of Finland. The article combines the elements needed in contemporary smart city concepts, such as the connection between attribute information and 3D objects, and the creation of collaborative virtual worlds from open data. By using our 3D virtual world platform, it is possible to create up-to-date, collaborative 3D virtual models, which are automatically updated on all viewers. In the scenes, all users are able to interact with the model, and with each other. With the developed processing methods, the creation of virtual world scenes was partially automated for collaboration activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: virtual worlds; meshmoon; 3D map; open data; virtual reality; GIS virtual worlds; meshmoon; 3D map; open data; virtual reality; GIS

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Virtanen, J.-P.; Hyyppä, H.; Kämäräinen, A.; Hollström, T.; Vastaranta, M.; Hyyppä, J. Intelligent Open Data 3D Maps in a Collaborative Virtual World. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 837-857.

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