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Terrain Models

Terrain-iama-450Click on image for interactive PDF model (4.6Mb)An important aspect of any major project is using the sites natural features, to their maximum advantage. There are many factors to be taken into account, not only by the designer of the project, but also by the clients, the contractors and the regulatory authorities. Not all of these people have the ability to consider the project without the benefit of a physical 3D model. Without this ability serious problems and misunderstandings can eventuate.

Having an accurate physical 3D model, showing the terrain and how the project interacts with it, can help reduce costs and misunderstandings and shorten the time it takes for the project to be completed. Overseas experience has shown that savings as high as 3% to 8%, of total costs, can be achieved by the use of these physical 3D models If you invest in a physical 3D model of the terrain, at the commencement of any project, it will assist you in determining such critical matters as storm water runoff and the most appropriate placement of any solid objects. Correct decision making, early in any project, by all parties, will reduce wastage of time, labour and materials.

You can be certain as to the accuracy of the model, as it is built from a standard Geographic Information System (GIS) file. Using this data file, you can have your 3D terrain model, in as little as 1 to 2 weeks. This file can also be used to incorporate the project into the terrain model for further decision making.

Large scale physical 3D models can be produced in a modular format. This format can also be very useful for situations where portability is important. The whole model can be divided into easily transportable components, and then reassembled at the other end. This benefit can be vital where the project is at a different location to either the client or the designer.

cimg0240_clipmodel_clip_webPhysical 3D models can also be used by military planners, schools and even sporting organisers for events like orienteering.

Physical 3D models are built with a binding agent and the finished model is infused with an epoxy resin. This makes the model very durable and able to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Large scale physical 3D models can be produced in a modular format. This format can also be very useful for situations where portability is important. The whole model can be divided into easily transportable components, and then reassembled at the other end. This benefit can be vital where the project is at a different location to either the client or the designer.