One of several 3-D models rendered of downtown Qualicum Beach shows an overview of Second Avenue with afternoon shadows. — Image courtesy Town of Qualicum Beach

3D digital model may help plan new builds in Qualicum Beach

3D model images taken from existing imagery

The Town of Qualicum Beach has been digitized.

At last Monday’s (Aug. 21) Qualicum Beach council meeting, planning director Luke Sales said staff had completed the 3-D digital model of the town’s uptown core.

Mayor Teunis Westbroek had previously asked staff to create the model after a resident brought forward the idea of a scale model of the Village Neighbourhood and its commercial core.

Westbroek said the model could also be used for proposed developments, which could be dropped into the model to see how they fit into the town.

RELATED: Staff looking into 3D model of downtown Qualicum Beach

Sales said the project came in significant under budget because the town’s GIS staff found a way to develop the 3-D model based on existing imagery.

“Through the process that staff found, that was sent to a company with specialized software,” said Sales, adding it saved a lot of time and energy.

For now, Sales said, the model is colourless blocks and the town shows up as a grouping of white boxes. According to the agenda document, the blocks are “relatively accurate heights, dimensions and elevation.” The model also has the ability to do shadow projects for any day or time, which would allow staff to understand the impacts of new construction on existing buildings.

“When and if the town updates its imagery with higher-resolution imagery, those images can be applied to the building faces and it would have a more recognizable appearance,” he said.

Story tips:

Just Posted

Woodyatt seeks help to pursue physics education in London

Ballenas Secondary product gets accepted to prestigious university in United Kingdom

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Trans Mountain pipeline: How we got here

A look at the Kinder Morgan expansion, decades in the making

B.C.’s devastating 2017 wildfire season revisited in new book

British Columbia Burning written by CBC journalist Bethany Lindsay

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Comox Valley baseball player Thomas Green commits to Cuesta College

18-year-old shortstop following in older cousin Taylor’s footsteps

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Most Read