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Esri and URA working on enhanced 3D tool for Singapore

Zafar Anjum | July 15, 2014
Esri CityEngine transforms 2D town planning data into interactive 3D city models.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and Esri are working jointly on the enhancement of an advanced urban planning 3D tool, Esri CityEngine, announced the mapping technology company today.

Esri CityEngine transforms 2D town planning data into interactive 3D city models.

This transformation involves customization of the Esri CityEngine platform to Singapore's urban context.

According to a statement by Esri, the two organizations are developing a smart 3D mapping tool incorporating various planning and urban design rules to enable urban planners to carry out large scale simulations more efficiently.

This was already outlined as the goal of URA's Memorandum of Understanding with Esri in November 2013.

"As the land use planning authority of Singapore, URA constantly seeks new ideas, innovative technologies and smart solutions to make better planning decisions and overcome challenges," said URA's Director of Information Systems, Applications, Goh Siow Chong. ""Our collaboration with Esri Inc. and Esri Singapore is a fruitful experience. Esri brings on board their expertise in advanced 3D geospatial technology, enabling us to create 3D simulations of various planning scenarios to better plan for a more liveable and inclusive environment."

Esri Singapore Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pramotedham said using GIS technology to enable a greater understanding of future developments is key to ensuring Singapore remains one of Asia's most dynamic urban centres.

"As one of the world's fastest growing cities, it is important that Singapore leverages smart technologies to ensure ongoing developments can meet the needs of citizens now and in the future," said Pramotedham. "URA's approach to using 3D GIS technology is incredibly progressive, and serves as a benchmark and inspiration for other countries around the world."

URA and Esri will continue to develop the software's localised rules and building templates to build up the 3D model base, overlay rich GIS layers and over time, create a rich 3D city information model that could be useful for multiple purposes beyond urban planning, Esri said in its statement.



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