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Stylized mountain panoramas

profilePhoto   Chloé Poyet
Linksium Contact Chloé Poyet +33 (0)6 46 57 42 17 chloe.poyet@linksium.fr


  • Real time update
  • Adaptability to the client
  • Geolocation
  • 3D and cartographic representation

Key words

  • Software
  • Real time rendering
  • Tourism
  • Mountain


  • LJK


  • CNRS
  • UGA

Linksium Continuum

  • Maturation


Historically, mountain panoramas are used to create ski slope plans. For a long time produced manually by artists such as the Novat workshop, ski resorts are now turning to digital production.
With the expertise of the Maverick research team in image synthesis, the MICMAP project proposes software solutions to create digital panoramas that combine an aesthetic and cartographic representation of the territory with the latest real-time 3D rendering technologies.
MICMAP solutions help tourism actors to make their territory more readable and more attractive.


The developed software is able to automatically produce panoramas that based on real terrain data (geographic information system) and take into account the cartographic tradition while offering an aesthetic representation of the landscape. Shading, lighting and drop shadows are automatically generated thanks to the team's know-how and studies on the perception of relief. Visual elements are added to describe the territory more precisely: roads, trees, houses... Finally, the shape of the mountain is modified in order to allow a sensitive and relevant interpretation of the landscape.


MICMAP allows an efficient communication of the territory and allows to add services thanks to the geolocation and the automatic update of the image: route calculation, information on points of interest (open or closed trails, schedules and closed, restaurant schedules and maps...), altimetry, snow height, weather...

State of progress

At this stage, the software allows the integration of lighting and shading automatically. The selective deformation of the terrain and the generation of vector data (road, river), vegetation and buildings are being implemented.


The direct applications of the automatic panorama generation are ski resorts and tourist offices that need cartographic representation for winter and summer leisure activities.

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