V3Geo is our new repository for virtual 3D models in geoscience, launched 24th March 2020, and gaining interest from around the geoscience community. The aim of V3Geo is to make it easier to find, use (and reuse), and share multiscale 3D models collected around the globe.
With the V3Geo webpage, it is simple to browse and view the available content. But what if you want to go further – analyse, interpret, create content for courses, virtual field trips and more? The answer is to use the new direct connection to V3Geo from within LIME v2!
Load cloud-based 3D models in LIME
Over the last months, the team has been busy preparing the framework for the new cloud aware LIME. The new feature allows users to connect to V3Geo, filter available models in the same way as on the webpage, and then load the models directly in LIME. The models are loaded on-the-fly from the cloud, without having to download many gigabytes and thousands of data files – one of the common bottlenecks when working with large virtual 3D models.
We also made some performance optimisations along the way, so creating and working with projects based on multiple 3D models has never been simpler.
This is an exciting development that we believe will help massively with facilitating access and usage of virtual geoscience data in teaching, courses and general 3D model usage.
An initial release of the V3Geo connection will be available as part of LIME v2 very shortly – watch this space!
LIME team, March 2020
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