3D terrain visualisation and virtual fly-through for tourism conservation using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Knox, Donna (2004) 3D terrain visualisation and virtual fly-through for tourism conservation using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). [USQ Project]


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Environmental protection and conservation of tourism hot-spots can be controlled through
management planning, zoning and permitting. This methodology will allow government
bodies and agencies to assess natural and cultural values of a selected area consistently.
A common approach to management and control of conservation areas within a tourist hotspot
is through the use of a visualisation and spatial analysis techniques within a Geographic
Information System (GIS) environment.
Visualisation has been the foundation of scientific progress throughout history and with
current technology GIS has advanced these visualisation techniques to develop powerful
three-dimensional graphical computing environments. This type of GIS planning
methodology involves the identification of a range of environmental, social and economic
issues that have an influence on a specific tourist location or study area.
The general objective of this project is to strengthen tourism planning and conservation
through GIS applications such as visualisation, 3D fly-through and spatial analysis. GIS can
be regarded as providing a toolbox of techniques and technologies of wide applicability to the
achievement of sustainable tourism development (Giles, 2003, p.2). These objectives will be
achieved through providing examples of how GIS visualisation and analysis techniques were
used within the Currumbin Valley study area, Examples include:
- Research and identify suitable and relevant spatial data sets for GIS analysis and
modelling ie. Major roads, dwellings, soil coverage, contour data and regional
- Use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to identify existing walking tracks;
- Develop a 3D model to include a DEM and digital aerial photography of the study
area, and;
- Create a virtual fly-through that will display existing natural and man-made features,
landscape sensitivities, terrain analysis and conservation assessment for an existing
tourism area.
These visualisation techniques provide GIS users with tools to develop a higher level of
thinking and problem solving which in turn will give a better understanding for decisions not
only in the tourism and conservation industries but a wide range of planning, environment
and engineering projects.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), environmental protection, tourism planning and conservation, visualisation, 3D fly-through, spatial analysis, sustainable tourism development, Currumbin Valley
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090901 Cartography
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401302 Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling
40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401301 Cartography and digital mapping
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/41

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