Virtual City Model

Key Facts

For the past few years we have been working on a project to visualise what the Docklands area will look like when the current SDZ is complete. The reason for this was to help get planning and government approval for schemes as they were designed.

This meant working with one of our CAD partner companies, D3D, over a period of 2 years to take architects plans as planning was granted, and create a fully rendered virtual model of the Docklands District.  This model was originally used to create a series of fly-through movies.

AR & VR City Planning

But we thought, what if we took this amazingly complex and detailed CAD model and made it fully immersive for AR and VR?

So, for the past few months IDEA and D3D have been experimenting with the model in conjunction with the Dublin City Council and Maynooth University through their ‘building city dashboards’ project to exploring how we can get the full potential from new technology opportunities.

This has been done in other cities around the world, however, what is different in this model it that its accurate within 100mm, geo referenced to the Irish Grid and macro BIM enabled.

This 3D model, generated from traditional paper-based planning documents, is designed in such a way that it will provide city developers with instant answers to questions relating to all manner of structural issues.

See a snippet of the 3D model used in the video above.

The future possibilities

This intuitive 3-dimensional model of the city will not only show what proposed construction projects will look like upon completion, but it will also allow all of those involved in the planning process to see the impact of buildings on the surrounding areas and the people living within them.

Once fully developed, the model will also contain the functionality to provide information on underground infrastructure, real-time information on traffic flows, data on city water levels, and even the fill level of rubbish bins.

Finally, it will have the ability to connect the people of the city with the planning and development process; the result of this is that, by making the technology accessible to the wider public, citizens will be able to play a role in the development of their localities.


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