Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne visitor map is available in the following formats:
The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
The Children's Garden map is available in the following formats:
Mapping and recording of live plant specimens is carried out continuously in the Gardens.
One of our projects has been to develop a 3D model of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to assist staff and visitors in their understanding of the Gardens' terrain.
The 3D terrain model of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne requires a plug-in.
- 3D Model
- Data used for 3D model
- Software used
- View the 3D Model of the Royal Botanic Gardens
- About the Project
The RBG 3D Model is a VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) model, that allows users to gain an understanding of the terrain at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne site. In order to view the model you will need to install (quick and easy!) a plug-in such as Pivoron player (external website), or Cortona (external website).
The 3D-terrain model consists of the following represented data:
- Hundred hectares of landscape containing the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (terrain model)
- One hectare landscape containing the plant beds of the Water Conservation Garden (terrain model)
Co-ordinates used in both models: Australian Mapping Grid Landscape model: SW point 321550, 5810500; SE point 321550, 5811500; NE point 322550, 5811500; NW point 322550, 5810500
WCG model: SW point 322300, 5810800; SE point 322400, 5810800; NE 322400, 5810900; NW 322300, 5810900
- Digital Orthophoto produced from low fly-over in August 2001, high resolution scan
- Linked illustrative plants lists, descriptions and images from Water Conservation Garden
- AutoCAD 2002: development of digital terrain model
- Photoshop: file conversion and image preparation of digital Orthophoto, web images
- Homesite: development of WebPages
- 3D Studio Viz: animation software for terrain models, (cameras, lighting, positioning of Orthophoto), file conversion to virtual reality modeling language (vrml format)
- CosmoWorld software: free 3D interactive viewing software, downloaded from Internet Development
The original 3D model of the Royal Botanic Gardens was created from the combination of 10m and 1m contour data (0.5m contours for the Water Conservation Garden). External contours of the nearby landscape were suitably interpolated, if there was no overlap as internal RBG data was more accurately surveyed than areas surrounding the Gardens. The terrain model was then manipulated by multiplying the height information factor by 3.5, which makes interpretation of the landscape easier. The Water Conservation Garden height information multiplication factor is 2.
To decrease file size the model needed to be further manipulated, which effected some calculated triangles representing areas looking unrepresentative when zooming in. This mainly occurs in areas out side the Gardens.
To guide users a number of viewpoints have been pre-set at key locations in order to help the user to understand the landscape and location of the selected collection.
Some viewpoints set include:
- Vistas of the gardens from SE, N, E, W, S compass points
- A 'birds eye view' (at ca.30m above model) of the Water Conservation Garden
- Vistas from N, E, W, S compass points of the Water Conservation Garden
Users will be able to "manipulate" the terrain to freely explore other elements and places modeled in the virtual environment.
View the 3D Model of the Royal Botanic Gardens
You need to have installed a VRML Player before you can view the model.
Recommended VRML Players
- Cortona (external site)
View the Royal Botanic Gardens' VRML Model.
3D VRML development by Jon Sago. Web design and development by Sabine Glissmann-Gough and Jon Sago Project management, 3D terrain models and digital Orthophotos by Sabine Glissmann-Gough. Plant photos and information by David Cash.
Last updated 13 Sep 2012