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Soil and Water Resources 3D-Model

By Felix N. Albano – March 04, 2013



Soil and Water Resources 3D-Model (relief model) is a special kind of map which is a scaled representation of a part or whole of an area showing its horizontal dimension (spatial distribution), vertical dimension (height) and inclination (slope). It emphasizes the following attributes - hydrography (water areas); planimetry (roads and towns); land use (vegetative cover); general landscape and border information. Such salient features if meticulously and skillfully depicted on a 3D-model, clarity of information and simplicity of distinguishing is obtainable not to mention the ease and comfort in making comparisons. This could also serve as a show window for potential would-be investors showing their most interest/concern. Besides, identification and planning of specific areas for development and future expansion wherein layout of road networks specially farm to market routes and equally essential infrastructures can be achieved with great ease. It is an effective tool that helps policy and decision makers as well as planners in the effective implementation of their integrated development plan. The plan will hasten and spur growth and progress to upgrade the quality of life of its populace.

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Construction of 3D-Model

Construction of a 3D-model is provided to any interested parties/entities/individuals upon request. This is a highly skilled undertaking that entails systematic and meticulous planning, high level of artistic ability and limitless diligence. Manpower requirement and time required to construct/fabricate a 3D-model depends on the “size” of the area taking into consideration the standard vertical exaggeration of 1.5x to 2.0x as well as the most appropriate scale to facilitate details that will be depicted on the map. Expenses for the construction of a relief model is cost-shared by the BSWM and the requesting party. Cost estimates considers accessibility and distance from BSWM to project site. Four (4) to five (5) staff are being assigned to work on the model for 30-45 days.

3D-models are constructed in various levels from barangay, municipality, congressional district, provincial and regional level. Important features/information will be highlighted via an electronic device called LED [ Light Emitting Diode]. It is covered by a detachable clear glass obviously for protection. A 3D-model can last to a minimum of fifteen (15) years or more.

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Mount Pinatubo Model

Importance of a 3D-Model

  • Serves as a doorway of a particular place showing its entire geographical environment, physical attributes, vegetation, etc.
  • Provides government officials, investors, tourists, researchers, urban development planners, technical people, students and the public with the knowledge of their locality at a glance showing their individual interest.
  • Helps government officials to understand and appreciate the geographical characteristics of their territory. They can easily identify the extent and variation of land use and vegetation, road network, built-up areas, government facilities, etc. With this Information, they can assess and properly manage their facilities, natural and human resources.
  • Provides fundamental bits of information for potential investors by easily identifying the account of government and private facilities like hospitals, schools, etc.
  • Informs tourists, local and foreign, about favorite tourist spots and their proximity from the urban centers.
  • Helps researchers to determine slope as well as areas prone to erosion and inundation.
  • It is an effective visual tool in the identification of areas for development planning to view large area during discussions/deliberations.
  • It is an essential instrument to familiarize students and the public with the basic knowledge of comprehending the physical scope of their homeland.
Estimated Cost in Pesos of 3D-Models as Per Location
4 Feet x 8 Feet 5 Feet x 9 Feet
LUZON 200,000 250,000
VISAYAS 250,000 300,000
MINDANAO 300,000 350,000

Soil and Water Resources 3D-Models

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To date, the Division has already constructed 30 models. These are:

  1. Province of Bataan (depicting the route of World War II prisoners (POWS) dubbed as “Death March” starting from Samal, Bataan to Bamban, Tarlac)
  2. Dicasalarin Beach Resort in Baler, Aurora (where the 2010 Miss Earth Beauty pageant was held).
  3. Mt. Pinatubo Siltation Risk Area in Region III (showing the extent of ash deposit after its eruption in July 1990)
  4. Municipalities of Palanan and Divilican in Isabela
  5. Provincial Agricultural Center in Irawan, Palawan
  6. Provincial Development Plan of Quezon Province
  7. Quirino State University Development Plan (Diffun, Quirino)
  8. Hillyland Station Development Plan in Bagabag (Nueva Viscaya)
  9. Surigao City Development Plan
  10. Calabanga Municipal Development Plan (Camarines Sur)
  11. Lowland Development Plan (Tupi, South Cotabato)
  12. DA Housing Program (San Mateo, Rizal)
  13. National Soil & Water Resources Center (Tanay, Rizal)
  14. GMA Farms at Nasugbo, Batangas
  15. Highland Soil and Water Resources Research and Demonstration Center (Dalwangan, Bukidnon)
  16. National Soil and Water Research Center (San Ildenfonso , Bulacan)
  17. LGU of San Isidro, Davao Oriental
  18. LGU of Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay
  19. LGU of Govenor Generoso, Davao Oriental
  20. LGU of Bayawan City (Negros Oriental)
  21. DA of Regional Field Office XI
  22. LGU of Baler, Aurora
  23. LGU of Lopez, Quezon
  24. LGU of Butuan City
  25. LGU of Palompon, Leyte
  26. LGU of Amadeo, Cavite
  27. Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Reseach Center (NOMIARC) (Dalwangan, Bukidnon)
  28. Province of Agusan del Sur
  29. LGU of Boac, Marinduque





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