1How Technology Sped Minnesota Bridge’s Rebirth
The 3D PDF files generated from Bentley’s MicroStation software support user interaction tools such as rotate, spin, pan and zoom. Objects can be animated, such as displaying traffic or running water, so that viewers can have a more realistic view of the model. Also, animated fly-throughs can be created and played by the user.
Bentley’s 3-D CAD software is capable of designing highly accurate and detailed engineering drawings, referenceable to real-world locations. Using GPS, specific control points for an engineering drawing can be associated to a base map. This allows engineers and designers to see a more realistic presentation of their work.
Bentley’s mapping products support AVL (automatic vehicle location) history for vehicle playback. GPS coordinates can be displayed and represented on customized maps and/or Google’s base map. The playback utility streams the GPS coordinates to the application, and realistic vehicle movement is shown on the screen.
Further processing of GPS, LIDAR and orthophotos can yield photorealistic illustrations. This is a 3-D model of Southbank in Melbourne.