Digital Twin

What is a Digital Twin?

A Digital Twin is a virtual 3D model of our city representing terrain surfaces, buildings, vegetation, infrastructure and other objects and assets.


What are digital twins used for?

The data from the model can be used to spatially design and visualise development. It can also be used to compare different urban design strategies. These can be evaluated against measures such as land use, building height, floor area ratio, population and housing densities, as well as development costs.

Planners and engineers use 3D modelling to analyse and communicate the impact of both existing and new development plans. It enables a view of overshadowing, sunlight exposure, view corridors, compliance with zoning regulation, traffic gravity and solar potential of buildings.

The 3D models also offer a new platform to involve citizens in planning and development. It’s a way for Council to ensure that public concerns, values and aspirations are informing decisions.


How does it help our City and citizens?

Developers and engineers have free access to a digital model of the City including building dimensions, pits and underground pipes. This significantly reduces time, cost and effort involved.

3D coupled with VR (virtual reality) makes it easy for anyone to view and comment on new development plans without special skills, enabling the City to gain richer feedback from community and other stakeholders.


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Page last updated: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

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