Updated: 07/15/2014 18:40

Esri and URA forge path towards smarter urban planning using 3D technology



Esri and URA forge path towards smarter urban planning using 3D technology

The Urban Redevelopment Authority, URA and mapping software soloutions provider, Esri, say they're working to enhance an advanced urban planning tool which transforms 2D town planning data into interactive 3D city models. 

They said this would enable urban planners to carry out large scale simulations more efficiently. 

The Esri CityEngine platform currently allows planners to simulate different building forms and visualise their impact to the surrounding environment. 

For instance, planners can conduct shadow studies on proposed developments to determine how public spaces can be shaded for better comfort. 

The URA gave a demonstration of how it carries out urban planning and design using the smart 3D tool at the Esri International User Conference held in San Diego yesterday attended by over 15,000 geospatial professionals. 

URA and Esri say they'll continue to develop the software so that it can be used for other purposes, beyond urban planning.

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