Intelligent Open Data 3D Maps in a Collaborative Virtual World

Juho-Pekka Virtanen, Hannu Hyyppa, Ali Kamarainen, Tommi Hollstrom, Mikko Vastaranta, Juha Hyyppa

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-857
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • virtual worlds
  • meshmoon
  • 3D map
  • open data
  • virtual reality
  • GIS

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