Orange County Great Park - 3D GIS Interactive Model

The final design of the Orange County Great Park has been approved providing a wide array of active and passive uses, including a 2.5 mile canyon and lake, miles of walking and biking trails, a cultural terrace, Orange County's largest sports park, a botanical garden, and a tethered helium observation balloon that will be an icon for the Great Park. More than 3,885 of the 4,700 acres will be dedicated to open space, education, and other public uses. Fuscoe Engineering provided an Interactive 3D GIS system controlled by a 3D mouse at the reception of the final presentation by the design team.

The model was built by compiling each of the design team disciplines' plans into GIS software. Over 20,000 3D trees were shown in real-time along with the grading plan, architecture, and surrounding terrain.

The system gave the public a chance to experience the future park virtually and understand it's size and scope. The video above detailing fly-over of the park was also shown during the final presentation by the design team. An interesting and perhaps rare example of the use of 3D GIS for design, decision making, communication and public outreach.

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