Automated Generation of Enhanced Virtual Environments for Collaborative Decision Making Via a Live Link to GIS

  • Tao Chen
  • Christian Stock
  • Ian Bishop
  • Christopher Pettit
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Decision making in environmental planning and sustainable development relies on a comprehensive understanding of current scenarios and envisioning of possible future changes. With rapidly increasing computing power and graphic display capabilities, virtual environments have proven to be a powerful medium for visualising spatial information and sharing experiences about exploring a common virtual study area with other participants. The integration of virtual-environment technology and decision-making practices will allows for enhanced understanding of the real environment and its associated dynamic natural processes, hence providing an opportunity for greater involvement in community decision making. This chapter will illustrate our approach to rapidly generating an enhanced and dynamic virtual environment in real time through a live linkage as part of our visualisation package SIEVE (Spatial Information Exploration and Visualisation Environment). The live link (SIEVE Direct) provides a network link between a game engine and a geographic information system (GIS) in order to help communities envision landscape scenario changes and evaluate the decisions made in conjunction with the selected scenarios. The performance of this solution has been examined in a particular case study area of the Toolibin catchment in Western Australia.


Virtual Environment Automate Generation Spatial Data Infrastructure Planning Support System Landscape Scenario 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Chen
    • 1
  • Christian Stock
    • 2
  • Ian Bishop
    • 1
  • Christopher Pettit
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeomaticsUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial InformationCarltonAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Primary IndustriesParkville CentreVictoriaAustralia

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