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

School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems

3D Visualisation of Davis Station, Antarctica


A visualisation was produced that resembled a guided tour of Davis Station, Antarctic. It mimicked the real world environment and presented relevant expedition information in a concise four minute video that acts as an introduction for the impending expedition members.


The visualisation relies on the integration of the four main data components to be successful; Landscape, Man Made, Audio, and Ground photos. Each of these data sets plays an integral role in providing a realistic visualisation.


With current technology CAD is more adept at producing a realistic model, however its inability to store attribute data reduces its useability. Use of both GIS and CAD is still necessary but with improvements in GIS; namely a renderer and increased modelling capabilities. GIS packages would be much better suited to performing this role, as the model becomes much more ‘useable’, rather than just a visual representation.


Increasingly powerful computers are already revolutionising the ways in which we view and interact with data. There is no doubt that 3D visualisation’s will be in demand over the coming years and GIS developers should make improvements to their product to take full advantage of this.

Author: Alex Suchy

Supervisor: Samsung Lim

Last Modified: 29th October, 2008