3D urban technology could be the answer to creating a sustainable Singapore.
With a population of around five million living on a limited land space of 710 sq km, the republic needs to carefully plan its future development. Urban planners in Singapore could leverage a 3D technology called CityEngine to overcome the republic's urban development challenges.
Drawing on Geographic Information System (GIS) and 3D software, CityEngine will help urban planners to better design, build and develop plans. "The technology transforms 2D town planning data into interactive 3D city models that can help solve problems, such as accommodating an increase in demand for new housing," said Eric Wittner, a lead software engineer at global geospatial giant Esri.
Wittner added that CityEngine will enable urban planners to construct 'what-if' scenarios. "Multiple scenarios can be played out to see what would happen if certain development paths were taken or not taken, which helps to refine decision-making and choose the most successful path forward. This helps improve community and stakeholder engagement as the results can be shown before development takes place, to gauge response and feedback."
A number of CityEngine features have been utilised during the transformation of major cities in China, the U.S. and Europe. Wittner said: "For example, the city models created have been used to assess heat island effects of yet unbuilt developments, as well as visualise their impact on the existing skyline from multiple points of view."
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