Rounded Rectangle: The University of New South Wales . Sydney . Australia

School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems

3D Visualisation of Davis Station, Antarctica


The main component of the thesis involved creating a model of the terrain and the man made structures that lied upon it. As realism was a vital part of the project a software package was needed that would allow a model to be produced that resembled Davis Station. The following tables  highlight the limitations and benefits of the software packages for the purpose of creating a realistic visualisation for orientation purposes.


Table 1 The benefits and limitations of ArcGIS for visualisations



























Figure 2. Modelled scene using ArcScene


Table 2 Benefits and limitations of using Autodesk 3ds max for visualisations





















Figure 3. Modelled Scene using Autodesk 3ds Max


The Model used for the final visualisation was created in Autodesk 3ds max as realism was the overriding concern. The possibilities that modelling in a realistic GIS environment present is a very exciting future application.

Author: Alex Suchy

Supervisor: Samsung Lim

Last Modified: 29th October, 2008



Complex structures can be modelled

Images can not be georeferenced

Individual faces of objects can be modified and textured separately

Shapefile attribute data is lost when exported into Autodesk 3ds max

Contains a renderer and is capable of  quality animation

Model can not be animated smoothly if it is far from the origin



Terrain and structures are easily merged

Modelling capabilities are very limited

Images can be Georeferenced

Individual faces of an object can not be textured separately

Model is linked to attribute data

Does not have a renderer