Viewing Your Properties in 3D

Lens enables you to view your properties from two viewpoints: 2D which allows you to visualize layers flat on the map as if viewed from above, and 3D which allows you to visualize landscape contours and elevation with terrain data. 2D is the default viewpoint. You can toggle 2D and 3D using the map control in the top right of the map once a property is selected.

Activating the 3D viewpoint shifts the map into a 60-degree pitch and loads a digital elevation model to visualize the terrain. In Lens, we're using Mapbox Terrain-DEM v1, which has vertical precision of .01m resolution in height. In the visual above, compare mode is being used in 3D viewpoint to identify cleared areas prone to erosion. This visualization tool is intended to provide context about landscape conditions, but may not be well-suited for granular inspection or decision-making.

When in the 3D viewpoint, new controls become active that control the map's orientation. For more control, you can also right-click and drag to change the angle and rotation of the 3D view. Whereas the 2D viewpoint has North fixed to the top of the screen, viewing the terrain from different angles provides interesting new perspectives for monitoring. Aside from these controls, everything in Lens functions as you would expect: using Compare Mode, switching between layers, and viewing and adding notes function regardless of viewpoint.

Note: there may be additional lag time in loading imagery when using 3D mode.