Brief Introduction to SuperGIS 3D Earth Server
SuperGIS 3D Earth Server is the GIS software designed to overlay terrain, building models and so forth with GIS data to publish and display the spatial data in 3D. Geographic data performed with traditional GIS has its limitation. While being displayed in 2 dimensions, geographic data cannot be visualized to perform its terrain. SuperGIS 3D Earth Server makes a breakthrough in displaying GIS data and assists organizations and users in exploring geographic space or spatial relation among data. And to facilitate users’ usage, SuperGIS 3D Earth Server integrates with Cloud concept and enables users to utilize desktop software, like SuperGIS Desktop or SuperGIS Map Designer to publish data as a 3D map service over the Internet to a host installed with SuperGIS 3D Earth Server software. Furthermore, users can manage the published services or websites through browsers (e.g. Google Chrome) to sign in SuperGIS 3D Earth Manager to employ data or functions provided on server.
Furthermore, to response the trend of converting core functions of professional software into components in GIS and the relevant domains, SuperGIS 3D Earth Server is defined as a professional enterprise level product enabling service-oriented enterprises to build a highly stable, available and effective SOA structure by utilizing the features of developing GIS operating engine through employing SuperGIS Engine as the core.
SuperGIS 3D Earth Server workflow
SuperGIS 3D Earth Server is capable of sharing GIS data in diverse types with front-end users over the Internet and these users do not necessarily need to know the complicated back-end structure of the server or how it works. Users only need to know how to access and use the services published by SuperGIS 3D Earth Server. Therefore, geographic data can be performed directly in 3D for front-end users, and users are allowed to explore data with GIS tools they are familiar with. In addition, the services published by SuperGIS 3D Earth Server can be accessed by multiple concurrent users to make it much easier to share geographic data among them.
SuperGIS 3D Earth Server users need to apply SuperGIS Desktop or SuperGIS Map Designer to publish map data, and the other tasks can be executed on SuperGIS 3D Earth Server Manager. As a result, SuperGIS 3D Earth Manager is viewed as a communicator between SuperGIS 3D Earth Server and tasks. The main three steps of workflow on SuperGIS 3D Earth Server are:
1. Design Map
2. Publish Map Data as SuperGIS 3D Earth Server Service
3. Access and Use Services through Front-end Applications
Geographic raw data, including vector data even data stored in geographic database, are viewed as essential GIS elements. Before publishing 3D map services, users need to design these essential geographic data as a map through Geographic Information System such as SuperGIS Desktop or SuperGIS Map Designer.
Publish Map Data as SuperGIS 3D Earth Server Service
The designed map can be published as 3D map service through SuperGIS 3D Earth Manager, the add-on within SuperGIS Desktop or SuperGIS Map Designer. During the process of publishing 3D map service, you can upload either GIS data or cache images, set data extent and cache scale and decide whether to adopt terrain DEM data and KMZ data of building models. And these set data can be integrated and published as a service on SuperGIS 3D Earth Server. You can manage the published services through SuperGIS 3D Earth Server Manager afterwards.
Access and Use Services through Front-end Applications
Map service published by SuperGIS 3D Earth Server can be embedded in the website to display. Therefore, front-end users can access, use these services and manipulate basic map viewing function through browsers. For this reason, front-end users can view 3D globe imagery and map information simply with general web browsers such as Google Chrome after the 3D map website is built.
SuperGIS 3D Earth Server is planned to be released in Q1 of 2014 to bring GIS platform with brand new vision experience to enterprise users. Diverse types of data like vector data, raster data, terrain data and so forth can be integrated and published through SuperGIS Desktop or SuperGIS Map Designer. Moreover, system administrators can easily view and manage services, even quickly build particular 3D earth websites with built-in functions by signing in SuperGIS 3D Earth Manager simply on any general web browser.