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globalmark
Aug 29, 2010, 02:44 AM
Hi

I want to draw some 3d underwater maps - covering Basic Topography , but also sometimes wrecks, sand and rock formations, if i can add fish would be great - I need a simple Program that I can draw (model, whatever it's called)
So need to show Surface bottom - underwater formations/reefs, wrecks, marine life , coral patches etc.

I want to print out and use where I work in diving.

Any advise or what program should I use would be great cheaper the better also. As I have only ever used 2d drawing maps before but want to try 3d.

thanks Mark



eponym
Aug 29, 2010, 11:28 AM
Why do you want to make rough approximations yourself?

Would you not want to use an automated 3D sonar mapping system?

globalmark
Aug 29, 2010, 04:01 PM
hi
yes I would love to use underwater sonar system, However I usually dive in Remote locations round the world and thats something I do not have,is very expensive,and not something the Average dive centre has usually so hand draw map or a Basic computer drawn map is the thing most would use for dive briefings but i would like to try and draw a 3D map - so Suggestions on programs would be great.
Thanks

ezekielrage_99
Aug 29, 2010, 07:17 PM
If you're using DEM I would personally use Global Mapper Gold (http://www.globalmapper.com/) or Esri (http://www.esri.com/).

But it really depends what you're after, will the mapping be ingested into other applications, or it is purely graphical (no need for mapping) then you could do it in Illustrator or Photoshop then put it into MAYA or 3DSMAX and extrude the typography from the bump mapping (I do this on broadcast 3d Maps).

globalmark
Aug 29, 2010, 07:56 PM
Hi

No the maps don't need to be in other Applications if they are finished then I will print Laminate and use when Briefing on Dive Boat- Just something fairly simple that can give a good reprensation of reef, rock formation, etc maybe i can add a few arrows for current direction, text to write depths, contours, maybe even some fish, corals etc.
thanks

ezekielrage_99
Aug 29, 2010, 08:18 PM
Hi

No the maps don't need to be in other Applications if they are finished then I will print Laminate and use when Briefing on Dive Boat- Just something fairly simple that can give a good reprensation of reef, rock formation, etc maybe i can add a few arrows for current direction, text to write depths, contours, maybe even some fish, corals etc.
thanks

Then I would probably go with Illustrator (of Inkscape, it's free), it will allow to to trace a bitmap then add the things you want plus there will be no loss of quality depending on the output.

globalmark
Aug 29, 2010, 10:05 PM
hi ezekielrage_99

Thanks for that I will have a Look on google to see if it's what i need but sounds about right
thanks for the info

Leaver
Aug 30, 2010, 09:47 AM
May I suggest Sketchup - Google make a free version and although it is 3D software so you have to learn a few more concepts than 2D software such as inkscape - it is the most accessible of all the 3D programs I have ever used and there are plenty of youtube vids, here's one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfH_cyXa1o

It is maybe a little more suited to making maps with depth but you do have to learn how to manipulate stuff in 3D, this vid is really usefull in teaching the basics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqcL-xPC-Ys&feature=related

Hope that is interesting,

Dan

globalmark
Aug 31, 2010, 12:08 AM
Hi dan

Thanks for that info and Links , had a Look and Play seems good , but cannot find yet how to make odd shapes , most underwater is random rock formations or reefs , so need somehow to draw a basic mound (small mountain not uniform).
Thanks for the Help I will continue to play maybe i can find on utube how to do that.
Mark