Latest Headlines

High-Definition Landscape Model Of Northern Oregon Cascades Created 10.21.2002

Commissioned by The Resort at The Mountain, the 22-square-foot model covers 7,000 square miles of Oregon’s mountain country with more than 600 named features.

Vacationers who want a bird’s eye view of Mt. Hood or the Columbia River Gorge needn’t charter a plane or strain their eyes on a topographic map. Instead, they can venture to The Resort at The Mountain, just an hour southeast of downtown Portland, where a new three-dimensional model of the northern Oregon Cascades is on display. A product of artistic vision and new technologies, the high-definition model yields a richness in detail never before seen in landscape models. Crafted by geographical artist and designer Mark Harbert, the model is on permanent display at The Resort’s Tartans Pub & Steakhouse.

Harbert (with more than 30 years of experience in cartography, model building and printing) says The Resort’s model was made possible by new technologies and construction methods. Using digitized data from USGS topographical maps, computerized routers supplanted the human hand in carving a basswood relief of Oregon’s mountain country. Color satellite photographs were then printed on a new super thin graphic film manufactured by 3M, which was bonded to a thin thermoplastic sheet. Using heat and suction, Harbert bonded the graphic-rich sheet to the final relief and made touchups by hand.

The model’s geographical boundaries include the north bank of the Columbia River to the north, the town of Sisters to the south, Multnomah Falls to the west and the Deschutes River to the east.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to POB.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


POB April 2015 Cover

2015 April

In this April 2015 issue of POB, we explore how AVEVA solutions and laser scanning gave international contractor Ariosh some real competitive advantages in challenging oil and gas revamp projects.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Surveyors, with the weather finally starting to improve everywhere, are you thinking about the long days to come? This summer, you are going to …
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.