A while back, Piers mentioned that it would be nice if we could provide some sort of demonstration of a 3D fly through in GRID. I think his exact wording was something like “don’t spend a lot of time on it, and certainly it’s nothing that is a high priority”. Well I don’t know what he expected but you just can’t throw down such a juicy challenge in front of an engineer and not expect the gears in my head to start spinning.
The before picture – a simple traditional top-down 2D map
Once you click “Enable 3D” your map can be tilted, panned and zoomed around as much as you like
I’d like to say that I made a really neat 3D fly through but all the hard work was done by the fantastic OpenLayers and Cesium libraries. Once I had the libraries installed, I set up a specific report in GRID that had some pre-canned locations in it so that when you got lost driving around the map you could automatically zoom into these areas to re-orient yourself.
Piers Edit: I couldn’t resist playing around with this again, so here’s a screenshot of one of my favourite places in the Pilbara, Hearson’s Cove: