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    Thought I'd a post another 3-D draft I've been working on. Nothing major - just playing around with ArcScene and some local data.
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    Looks pretty nice.
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    Yeah, looks like a good start.

    That's a pretty lame bug in the Arc software tho where it cant patch their 16x16 tile normals together without the discontinuity. But thats not your fault. Isn't Arc the expensive app too... ?

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    Yeah, I haven't had that problem with ArcScene. I think HMW has his resample set to nearest neighbor. Looks a lot better with Bilinear Interpolation on Cubic Convolution. Of course, a noisy texture can hide a lot of sins.

    Okay, great. I see it now. It's not as bad on screen, but it's there and it gets really... really bad on export. Eeeugh! Oh well. I can still get better renders with Bryce. Or Wilbur. Or, Gott hilf uns, even SagaGIS.

    Saga is also better integrated between the 2d and 3d functions. Pretty basic, but hey. Oh yeah, I still can't figure out how to do labeling in ArcScene.

    I still think ArcMap is Da Bomb for some editing, especially in vector, and I haven't found another app that can do georeferencing with as little lost hair. Yeah. ArcGIS is world's best and most expensive georeferencing tool. Ay Caramba!
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    Quote Originally Posted by su_liam View Post
    I still think ArcMap is Da Bomb for some editing, especially in vector, and I haven't found another app that can do georeferencing with as little lost hair.
    I dont do this sort of thing with the georeffing but Monks said that he really liked Global Mapper. How does that rate against ArcMap ? All the pro's seem to come from the Arc world.

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    I haven't put my hands onto Global Mapper. In the pro world ArcGIS seems to be the de facto standard. It's ESRI or buy your own. And there's a lot of stuff in the ArcGIS suite that just doesn't play well with other software. For instance, it's way-convenient to package your data in gdb format. Then, bang you're tied to ESRI. These things are complex enough to use (in more than a rudimentary sense), that it's involved to migrate to another app. Even a lot of the language is specific to the ESRI stuff.

    I'm d/ling Global Mapper to have a play. Tell you how it works out.

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    yeah, ArcScene is so weird/tricky to me. i wish ESRI would make workflow between it and ArcMap easier...
    with the labeling, i can't get any annotation layers to produce in 3-D...it's confusing because the shapefiles fit right in, and it seems the annotation created for the same layers wouldn't be that hard to layer in too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by su_liam View Post
    Yeah, I haven't had that problem with ArcScene. I think HMW has his resample set to nearest neighbor. Looks a lot better with Bilinear Interpolation on Cubic Convolution. Of course, a noisy texture can hide a lot of sins.

    Okay, great. I see it now. It's not as bad on screen, but it's there and it gets really... really bad on export. Eeeugh! Oh well. I can still get better renders with Bryce. Or Wilbur. Or, Gott hilf uns, even SagaGIS.

    Saga is also better integrated between the 2d and 3d functions. Pretty basic, but hey. Oh yeah, I still can't figure out how to do labeling in ArcScene.

    I still think ArcMap is Da Bomb for some editing, especially in vector, and I haven't found another app that can do georeferencing with as little lost hair. Yeah. ArcGIS is world's best and most expensive georeferencing tool. Ay Caramba!
    the rivers in your image seem to float around/don't follow the basins...what was this made in? surprised the RP haven't caught it >>
    if it is ArcScene, you might need to change the 'Base Heights' for the river layer, it looks like they aren't draped on the terrain.
    those lines in my terrain were from a wide-meter DEM. used a tighter one and its better now. resampling does change it around alot, i like messing with it.

    >> yeah, getting DEM's and hydro to match is so frustrating. i had some layers do the exact same thing before. i try different water data from different sources to see which lines up best before even trying to tweak it, or mask it.
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    There're a couple of issues associated with the rivers. The big problem is that they were generated to the earlier, lower resolution elevation grid, so they don't follow the more detailed channels well enough. The other problem is that I hadn't figured out how to set up draw priority, so if they sat on the same Base Heights as the ground, they interfered, making weird patterns. Thus I added a small,but clearly noticeable vertical offset to the river heights. I figured out how to do the prioritization, so I hope to get the second problem fixed fairly quickly.

    The first bit is proving to be huge. My current iteration of the elevation grid produces a lot of straight flowlines and long parallel tribs. Hard problem to fix at high resolution. Wilbur requires a lot of noise>fill>noise>fill>... operations to make the flow more sinuous. The other erosion and surfacing app I have does better with interesting sinuosity, but it's a more physically-correct model and it takes a lot of processor chugging to get streams to converge down to reasonably narrow widths. Either way, I then have to import a river-mask image into ArcGIS, georeference it and trace it into a vector shapefile. Takes a lot of time and there's a decent chance of producing a hydrological network that's completely different from what I had before. Detailing an existing terrain can be more work than producing a new one. Ask any of the people making the rivers run through Middle-Earth .

    If you ever find a way to get labeling or annotation to show up in ArcScene, let me know.

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    I looked at your pic su-liam and noticed that those rivers were looking like they were climbing up the hill a little but a little more time staring at it and I thought that if you pulled all the rivers closer to you then they would match better. So at that angle then a vertical displacement might account for that.

    In terms of Me-Dem Monks models it based on reference maps and some attempt is made to get it hydrologically correct but Tolkien never thought much about geology and geography when he made it. It was a map very plot driven. But even so it can be made to sort of work. The problem for me is that if I get my app to find fluid flow over it then the gradient is way to shallow to compute sensibly. As you said programs can take a long while. If the gradient is sufficient then it finds those streams quicker. So monks modeled the river channels using the vector app and these lines were thicker than they ought to have been in most cases. There was a requirement to match the reference maps even if that's not perfect physics. So I made an app where within a mask you could set the flow direction up. When water hits the positive mask then it starts traveling along the direction set with a kick so it sort of forces rivers into those channels. There is a gradient map export which can show where the terrain is too shallow to properly calculate it. Also because the general terrain is still moderately coarse even at 20K pix square then you can get areas where its vector math flat like at basins and saddle points. Water pools up there especially if there is no significant exit channel to go out. You get a shallow mound of water ! The idea was to model Middle Earth with full fluid flow but it never happened and I think its too difficult. We can botch it but I don't think I can do anything thats too sensible to create proper rivers and tributaries on it.

    With hindsight I think the numeric approach is still the best for a home PC but eventually with enough processing power calculating math surfaces for the water could allow you to short cut all the numeric flow and just cut straight to the equilibrium fluid solution to the terrain. I don't think I would want to program that in my spare time tho. Monks and I would both like to model in the rain where as you interact with the terrain in real time then it shows hydrological effects updated in real time. Then maybe it could be done.

    I think making a hydrological correct terrain from real or fake DEM date is not much difference since all our models are so fake anyway. I can take real DEM data and erode it into something which is not life like. The real world is too complex to model so that it would equalize all the parameters from real DEM data and get you to an equilibrium quickly. Its probably fair to say that it might be a little quicker than bad fake data tho - but its not all that cut and dried what is good DEM data. Maybe someone should program an AI genetic algo process to work out models which fit real world DEMs and use that model on fake DEMs to get them knocked into shape.

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