The State of the Art in Visual Analytics for 3D Urban Data


This is a companion website for our survey paper on visual analytics for 3D urban data

Authors: Fabio Miranda, Thomas Ortner, Gustavo Moreira, Maryam Hosseini, Milena Vuckovic, Filip Biljecki, Claudio T. Silva, Marcos Lage, Nivan Ferreira

Urbanization has amplified the importance of three-dimensional structures in urban environments for a wide range of phenomena that are of significant interest to diverse stakeholders. With the growing availability of 3D urban data, numerous studies have focused on developing visual analysis techniques tailored to the unique characteristics of urban environments. However, incorporating the third dimension into visual analytics introduces additional challenges in designing effective visual tools to tackle urban data's diverse complexities. In this paper, we present a survey on visual analytics of 3D urban data. Our work characterizes published works along three main dimensions (why, what, and how), considering use cases, analysis tasks, data, visualizations, and interactions. We provide a fine-grained categorization of published works from visualization journals and conferences, as well as from a myriad of urban domains, including urban planning, architecture, and engineering. By incorporating perspectives from both urban and visualization experts, we identify literature gaps, motivate visualization researchers to understand challenges and opportunities, and indicate future research directions.

Use our wizard to browse through a corpus of more than 150 papers covering a period of more than ten years and almost 20 venues.

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Use the wizard tab to navigate and filter the surveyed papers. We summarize previous visualization and domain-specific contributions using an interrogative method that categorize the papers concerning three questions:

  • Why is 3D urban data being analyzed
  • What data is being analyzed
  • How it is being analyzed