By David Crowther
I have used desktop GIS for over twenty years and in that time we have seen their usability, capability and price change dramatically. When I historically trained desktop GIS software I always tried to gloss over the module which tried to generate 3D Maps, because the 3D mapping would either take forever to render, look gimmicky or simply fall over and crash the machine!
Over time desktop GIS software has however started to embrace 3D mapping and the increased capabilities that it brings; but with increased usability and stability came an increased price, where users would have to purchase add-on software to enable 3D mapping.
Today, the GIS user (and Trainer J) have the benefit of Open Source GIS software such as QGIS, which has its very own 3D mapping plugin which is free to use and easy to configure. So in this Blog we are going to explore how simple it is to create a 3D map using QGIS.