- The Getting Started with Virtual Fairfax document is a quick start guide designed to enable new users to swiftly begin their exploration in Virtual Fairfax.
- The Installation Guide will lead users through the process of downloading and installing the TerraExplorer 6.6.1 plugin that is necessary to use Virtual Fairfax.
- A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been placed at the bottom of this page. If a question you have is not answered by this list, please see the contact information section about sending an email.
A downloadable plugin (TerraExplorer 6.6.1) is required to use the Virtual Fairfax application.
TerraExplorer 6.6.1 is a sophisticated 3-D GIS desktop viewer produced by Skyline Software Systems Inc and is only available on Windows operating systems.
Full system requirements are detailed below. It is understood that the Windows OS and hardware requirements makes it difficult for some, however Virtual Fairfax will expand to more platforms once the technology allows it.
Previous users of Virtual Fairfax that had used versions of the plugin lower than 6.6.1 need to upgrade the TerraExplorer 6.6.1.
Please follow the instructions in the Installation Guide for uninstalling previous versions before downloading and installing 6.6.1.
Once installed, please click the launch button to enter Virtual Fairfax.
- Operating System: Windows® XP / Vista / 7/ 8/ 10. 64 bit is strongly recommended. Unfortunately, MacOS is not currently supported.
- System Memory: 1GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended).
- Video Card: 256MB of video memory (1024 MB or more recommended). Pixel and vertex shader v3.0 and vertex shader v3.0 is
required for the display of dynamic water effects, animated cloud map, and sky texture.
- Processor: Pentium Dual-Core or equivalent.
- Internet Connection: Broadband connection.
- Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or higher. Other browsers will work with a slightly different experience.
The geographic data contained in Virtual Fairfax is NOT to be construed or used as a “legal description”. Virtual Fairfax
does not contain survey data. Any determination of topography or contours, or any depiction of physical improvements, property
lines or boundaries is for general information only and shall not be used for the design, modification, or construction of improvements to
real property or for flood plain determination. While Fairfax County strives to provide the best data possible, it does not provide
any guarantee of accuracy or completeness regarding the map information. Any errors or omissions should be reported to the Fairfax
County Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Services Branch of the Department of Information Technology. In no event will Fairfax
County be liable for any damages, including but not limited to loss of data, lost profits, business interruption, loss of business information or
any other pecuniary loss that might arise from the use of this application or information it contains.
Questions about Virtual Fairfax may be sent to DITVirtual-Fairfax@fairfaxcounty.gov. The developers of Virtual Fairfax
are also interested in hearing ideas for new features and changes in future versions of the application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A list of frequently asked questions (and answers) will be posted soon. The developers of Virtual Fairfax are waiting for feedback to determine which questions to include.
If there is a question that which you wish was included, please send it to DITVirtual-Fairfax@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Using Virtual Fairfax