Abstract

Scientists within Geoscience Australia create complex models of 3D geological structures. These models are built using specialised 3D modelling software to which very few people outside of Geoscience Australia have access. To overcome this access problem, Geoscience Australia has developed 3D VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) models, to display interactive 3D data using a web browser plug-in - hence 3D web mapping. VRML is an open source standard for 3D graphics on the web. Geoscience Australia's 3D web mapping development is unique and has proved to be a very effective method for communicating large amounts of complex 3D geoscientific and geospatial information to a wide audience. Geoscience Australia has produced nearly 40 unique 3D VRML models during the last five years, some of which are available for online interaction on the Geoscience Australia website. The next challenge for Geoscience Australia's visualisers is to move from VRML to X3D - the XML successor to VRML. This paper outlines the motivations for developing 3D VRML models, explains the technologies used, and takes a brief look at possible future developments.
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence

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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

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Date (publication)

2005-01-01T00:00:00

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geoscientificInformation

GA Catalogue Number

68798 Product http://www.ga.gov.au/metadata-gateway/metadata/record/68798/

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GA Publication
Conference Paper
3D model
Earth Sciences

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English

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unclassified

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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
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Canberra
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ACT
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2601
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Australia
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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
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Canberra
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ACT
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2601
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Australia
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