September 21, 2006

BC Experience bankruptcy means the end of the line (likely) for World's largest 3D map

Recall the BC Experience... you know, the massive 3D map of British Columbia on display in Victoria BC, Canada at the heart of a new tourist attraction - Victoria is a big tourist destination (a scaled-down version was on display in San Deigo at the ESRI conference map gallery). Well, unfortunately, poor planning and some bad luck on the part of the company that launched the tourist attraction has resulted in some financial woes. Looks like bankruptcy is a likely scenario in the near future as the venue is in debt to the tune of some $8.5 million owed to more than 228 creditors. The anchor attraction at the venue was the World's largest solid terrain model - a 40-foot by 74-foot, three-dimensional, full-color model of British Columbia. The British Columbia model is larger than a "doubles" tennis court and is the world's largest physical-terrain model ever created from digital data sources. The 3D model was created by California-based STM - complete details on how the model was built can be found here -

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