Military software may prove useful to landscape architects.
By James L. Sipes, ASLA
For landscape architects, 3-D modeling has always been
difficult because we work in a dynamic, ever-changing environment, and the
level of detail needed to accurately and realistically represent this
environment is staggering. A single tree complete with branches, twigs, and
leaves has more polygons than an entire city of 3-D buildings.
What we need is cutting-edge technology that is powerful and
fast enough to render highly detailed terrain models, complex landscape
features, and even the smallest details in the landscape, such as grass, ground
cover, rocks, and wildflowers. One of my biggest frustrations is that as a
profession we donít have the resources to develop the software we need, and we
have to find a way to adapt software developed by other professions.
But there is one group with the funding and resources to
develop the software needed by landscape architects, and that is the military.
Cutting-edge graphics technology is required to meet the rapidly changing
demands of military training, and many of these applications would be ideal for
modeling the kinds of complex landscape scenes that landscape architects work
with on a daily basis.
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