Esri CityEngine 2017 Makes Urban Planning More Efficient

Esri has announced the release of CityEngine 2017. This version of the 3D modelling software offers features that let planners and architects compare different scenarios and visualize them with dashboards to view how each would affect the same geographic area—all in real time. Users can also make changes to specific features—such as adjusting the size of windows or adding a balcony—in a model without affecting the entire structure. Before, planners would have to create two entirely different projects to understand the consequences of a proposed building's design variations. “With this release of CityEngine, we focused on the needs of urban... (read more)
2017-07-12 01:03:46

Where Does the Smart Cities Drive Leave Urban Planning?

Urban planning is a profession which is experiencing big changes as a result of advances in geospatial and other technology. In this article, Niall Conway explains why planning is too important a profession to risk becoming sidelined by innovation and explains what needs to be done. The expression ‘the future ain’t what it used to be’ has been used for quite a while to express our struggle to keep up with the unpredictability of modern life. It is natural therefore that this term will resonate with any profession, in any industry, which has a focus on strategy. In the era... (read more)
2017-08-07 01:03:16

Bentley Acquires Web-based 3D Urban Planning Pioneer Agency9

Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of Agency9, based in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Agency9 has already provided nearly half of Sweden’s larger municipalities with city-scale 'digital twin' cloud services for city planning and related web-based 3D visualisation. Since 2012, Agency9 has taken advantage of reality meshes created by Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modelling software as the digital context for visualising urban infrastructure assets represented in GIS data, terrain surveys and BIM models. Bentley’s new iTwin cloud services, which similarly to the Agency 9 acquisition were also introduced at this week's Year in Infrastructure conference, add digital alignment and change synchronisation for... (read more)
2018-10-15 09:25:28

Leapfrogging Urban Problems with Smart Cities

Preserving Well-being and Economic Growth in India
The upsurge in urban population in Indian cities will intensify societal challenges on every conceivable level. To improve the quality of life and attract investment in cities, proactive measures are now essential for government agencies. They will inevitably become increasingly dependent on geo-ICT in order to develop and manage their assets and infrastructures more efficiently and effectively. This facilitates – and also demands – elimination of ‘silos’ within city authorities. In 2016, India’s government will select 100 municipalities to turn substantial parts of their urbanisations into ‘smart cities’. The pace of urbanisation is so high that in 15 years’ time... (read more)
2015-12-10 01:26:39

TomTom Origin-destination Analysis Enables City Planning

TomTom has announced the launch of its Origin-destination (O/D) Analysis which enables city planning and helps to ease traffic congestion. O/D Analysis offers important tools to ensure that citizens are well served by the infrastructure around them. TomTom O/D Analysis combines highly advanced technology and great data visualisation, all powered by a 10 year big data archive. The service provides insights to urban and infrastructure planners by allowing them to see drivers’ preferred routes and trip behaviour trends and determine which areas of a city require additional infrastructure etc. Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP of Traffic and Travel Information at TomTom, said... (read more)
2018-09-20 10:16:35

Topcon Announces Next Generation Flight Planning Software

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the next generation flight planning system for its rotary-wing aerial UAV offering – Intel Mission Control Software. The software is designed to facilitate automated flight planning, managing missions, and data handling for the Intel Falcon 8+ Drone – Topcon Edition and its available payload options. The software is designed to increase accuracy with advanced mapping features that allow operators to easily set project parameters and prepare missions using presets for 2D areas like polygon, corridor and city grid, as well as 3D structures like towers, buildings and facades. “Operators can take advantage of 2D and... (read more)
2019-05-29 10:53:39

Mobile app makes urban mapping fast, easy and cheap

The process of completing street-level surveys and inspections on crucial infrastructure is time-consuming, expensive and error prone. It is typically a task that requires trained personnel to travel into the field, observe and report on traffic lights, stop signs, road conditions and more. But advances in open data, mobile image technology and data analysis have made it possible for cities to drastically improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their efforts to manage and maintain public assets. One solution comes in the form of an easy-to-use mobile app bringing all these innovations together. Harnessing the power of spatial analytics and 3D... (read more)
2017-10-11 02:28:34

Maxar Provides NaturalVue and Urban Change Indicator Products to Esri

Maxar Technologies, a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, has announced an agreement to integrate its NaturalVue 2.0 image mosaic and National Urban Change Indicator (NUCI) commercial products into ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February 2019. ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is the world's foremost collection of maps developed by Esri partners and the Esri user community and is available in ArcGIS Online, Esri's flagship cloud-based geospatial platform. These enhancements will accelerate the speed at which analysts distill actionable intelligence from multiple sources of... (read more)
2019-04-05 10:15:27
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