Give context to designs in a 3D geographic environment

The 3D GeoViewer gives context to urban designs of architects, area developers and property managers. The design can be integrated into its future environment as a 3D model, after which visualizations and numerous spatial analyses are possible. The 3D GeoViewer also offers added value because in a digital environment you have a "twin" at your disposal that corresponds to reality.

In 2019, Tensing was the first organization to successfully create such a powerful tool to give context to buildings and structures. The 3D GeoVewer was phased out in 2022.

Why the 3D GeoViewer?

At Tensing, we discovered that architects were seeing the potential of GIS for their designs, but did not yet have a tool with a simple interface. Therefore, we developed the 3D GeoViewer: an innovation as the perfect solution to use data from different datasets, for example, the BAG, the BGT and the Land Registry.
The 3D GeoViewer was ahead of its time and had a high level of detail. It distinguished between roof types and shapes and parts of buildings (LoD2). This is an indispensable aspect in creating a realistic digital twin.
LOD 2-2

Architects can thus place designs in context and test buildings in different environments. And local residents, urban planners and municipalities also benefit from the "digital testing" that architects can do.

Explore the possibilities

The 3D GeoViewer enhances the beauty of the designed building by placing it in its real-world context, such as surrounding buildings and vegetation. All stakeholders can easily view the designed building from any angle, so they can see the impact on the environment from any perspective.

Some functionalities and features of the 3D GeoViewer:

Shading simulation

Easily discover the effects of a design on the existing environment. With the toolbox, easily perform a shadow analysis for any day of the year and any place in the world.

Spatial measurements

Within the toolbox, there is the ability to measure distances and areas, both in 2D and 3D.


The list of 3D layers offers the possibility to add the existing registered vegetation from all Dutch municipalities, provinces and water boards to the design.

  • Shading Simulation

    Explore the shadow effects of a building at any time.

  • Spatial measurements

    Measure your distances in both 2D and 3D.

  • Vegetation

    Display all known vegetation in your 3D city environment

Other features:

  • Import of 3D model possible in 3 different file formats: .skp, .fbx and .ifc;
  • Enrichment of the geographic 3D environment through the addition of various thematic data layers (vegetation and street furniture);
  • Saving visualizations through bookmarks;
    Provide built environment with actual attribute data i.e. year of construction, status etc.;
  • A detailed 3D Digital Terrain Model (DTM).

Discover our 3D GIS Consultancy Services

We no longer provide service on the 3D GeoViewer. However, an experienced team of 3D specialists is at your service. If required, they will provide you with the knowledge and expertise needed for the realization and maintenance of your own innovative 3D GIS environment.