Roads 3D-GIS

Roads 3D-GIS main goal is to improve the sluggish and costly decision making process transportation authorities are 3d_gis_products_roadsencountered with in every new road design or renovation. Agencies must consider additional design aspects, such as landscape disruption and infrastructure coordination, which became relevant as technology matured to allow their evaluation while still in design stages. These aspects come in addition to traditional engineering considerations. Existing engineering software packages were not designed to address these changing needs, therefore modern planning tools, that incorporate costs and benefits economic factors on top of high accuracy visualization, were needed.


Roads 3D-GIS offers the advantages of realistic 3D visualization in combination with querying and analysis tools known from GIS systems. GIS capabilities were improved and adapted to support the additional dimension specific information.

Main Advantages

  • Decision Making Process – from pre-design stages to implementation approval committees
    • Detailed and realistic 3D model of the designated road
    • Real-time information per spatial object (land owner, zoning, etc.)
    • Bird’s eye view clearer for the non-technical
    • Perspective of how the road blends in with the landscape
  • Landscape integration – thorough assessment of road-landscape integration
    • Landscape disruption
    • Nature environmental costs
    • Querying land culture
    • Correlated future landscape design
  • Infrastructure Coordination – avoiding the most common design flaw as a result of asynchronous information
    • Road affect on existing infrastructure and vice versa
    • Avoiding safety and economical erroneous designs
    • Maintaining adequate infrastructure safety buffers
    • Heterogeneous correlation with utility, gas, and water companies
  • Safety Audits – assure that roads include well-designed intersections, road surfaces, visibility and traffic control devices while still in design stages
    • Adequate passing / stopping sight distance assessment
    • Obstructive vertical or horizontal curves
    • Obstructive topography, landscape or structures
    • Obstructive traffic signals
    • Unobstructed approach / departure sight triangles in intersections
    • Safety features including flat slopes, no hazardous obstacles, breakaway sign supports, safety beams and cable guards
    • Post-event causes investigation for future resolution
  • Work efficiency – full / semi automated compliant design standards checks
    • Replace time-consuming manual tests with high-speed automated ones
    • Reducing possible human errors made in either design or tests phases