London 3D Model

The Zmapping London 3D model first started life in 2004 and now covers over 250 km2 (and growing steadily). From east to west, the model stretches over 40 km in length. This does not mean that we can only sell you what we have available off the shelf. If we do not have your site covered, we will simply build it for you. The Zmapping London model is used by nearly all major architectural firms and visualisation firms based in London and across the UK. The model is also used by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and many London boroughs including Camden, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Bromley, Westminster, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Hounslow and Croydon.

 

Zmapping London 3D model. Used on over 2,000 London projects to date. You can't go wrong.

Zmapping London 3D model
 
Zmapping London 3D model. Note that the image does not show the latest coverage or state of the model as we keep building and updating parts of the model at different times. Please always check with us if the area you require is not shown on the images. We are constantly adding to the London model and even if we do not have your area available off the shelf, we will happily build it for you from scratch.
 

The Greater London Authority has been making use of the Zmapping London 3D model since 2006 and has utilised it extensively in the production of the London View Management Framework documents, the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework documents and on many other key planning decisions. Scroll down to see images.

Parts of our London 3D model has been verified by surveys to be as accurate as 5cm in building heights and compared to mean sea levels. The model is kept updated as often as possible. Zmapping flies our own high resolution aerial photography of London at regular intervals so that clients have access to the most up to date set of data.

As with all our other 3D city models, the London 3D model is available in most common 3D formats such as Autocad (mesh and solids), Revit, Sketchup, 3DS Max, Microstation, Vectorworks, Archicad and Rhino. If the format you require is not listed here, please contact us. Email or ring us for a sample in the format you require. If you would like to get a quote, please email us or use our quote tool and we can advise you on price and availability.

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The Zmapping London 3D model is being used by the Greater London Authority on many key decision making exercises including for the Mayor’s Opportunity Area Planning Framework documents and London View Management Framework documents.

Screengrab from the GLA's London View Management Framework
 
Screengrab from the GLA's London View Management Framework document showing the Zmapping London 3D model in use.
GLA's Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework
Screengrab from the GLA's Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework document showing the Zmapping London 3D model in use.
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Transport for London uses 150km2 of Zmapping London 3D model to aid plans for new road layouts.

TfL photo textured the Zmapping London 3D model
TfL photo textured the Zmapping London 3D model
Image shows how TfL photo textured the Zmapping London 3D model around Queen's Circus in Battersea and created visualisations for a new road layout incorporating cycle lanes. Images and animations were posted on the TfL website.
Image: Courtesy of Transport for London.

Levels of detail

High Detail, Medium Detail and Low Detail. Click image for larger version.

Most of the London 3D model is built in High Detail format. This is ideal for most projects. But if you need larger than usual extents, you have the option to go for a Medium Detail model or even a Low Detail model. You can also choose to have the core area of your site in HD and the outer surroundings in MD or LD.

HD – all smaller objects modelled including chimneys, parapets, fences, trees, small paths.

MD – Pitch roof modelled but no smaller details such as parapets, chimneys etc. No trees, no small paths. Generally lesser amount of detail.

LD – Pitch roof drawn as flat roof at the highest point of roof, no trees, small paths etc. Lesser sub layers of terrain features.

On all levels of details, terrain follows actual contours. Comparisons between the three versions can be seen in the image above. Click on the image to see a larger version.