GISImporting into Second Life

GIS in Second Life: SIMGIS

By October 31, 2008 No Comments

Embedded below is an intriguing demo of GIS in Second Life, termed ‘SIMGIS’ the technology demo has been prepared for International GIS Day 2008:

Three levels of detail are represented in the movie:

Level 1 is a 1:42-scale bare earth terrain model with an orthoimage “satellite” photo draped over it, just like Google Earth.

Level 2 is a reflective LiDAR (airborne laser scanner) surface 1:16-scale build with the same orthoimage. Since the surface is much more complex and represents all large buildings and trees, the orthophoto looks a bit surrealistic. For Level 2 this is a bug, not a feature.

Level 3 is a classic Second Life type immersive 3D build, but at 1:3-scale with real world textures.

See for more details, thanks go to Mal’s SL-Edu Blog


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.