3D city model allows users to see and understand the scale of a city, the layout of its buildings, streets, squares and neighbourhoods, as well as its energy, water, traffic, healthcare, education, communication and other infrastructure systems.
Nations, citizens, and cities— all are undergoing a tectonic shift that is leading to a dramatic change, creating a new world order. This shift is mostly propelled by technology-led digital transformation with internet-enabled devices increasingly permeating our daily lives and impacting the way we live. Cities of tomorrow are not untouched by this shift and have been showing signs of progress by including social and economic welfare in their developmental programmes. With citizen growth and welfare at the centre of development, cities are emerging to be a confluence of societies and facilities of the people, by the people and for the people.
However, with boon comes the bane and the cost associated with this rapid mass urbanisation also have a massive negative impact—not just monetarily but also socially, environmentally, and the quality of life that the place has on offer. Cities have not just become complex reorganisation of various elements but have also started making a dent in the natural way of world order. Hence, it has now become more vital than before that technology is put to play to design cities that are not just livable but are also scalable with the growing needs of time and society.
Smart cities powered with the latest technology innovations are the only ideal solutions that can tackle the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation. A smart city builds around a combination of multiple smart approaches pursued around various basic necessities like ensuring seamless water supply, 24X7 quality power supply, efficient design and planning, robust infrastructure, sound traffic management, modern building management, multimodal transport with last mile connectivity, fail-safe design of safety and security systems and so on. Planning for such holistic and well-planned cities cannot be made in silos and has to have all relevant stakeholders coming together to match, fit and track several best practices, to ensure the best livable and scalable solutions. Efficient collaboration between all stakeholders— governments, public and private sector, citizens,city planners and architects—is the ‘success mantra’.
3D city model allows users to see and understand the scale of a city, the layout of its buildings, streets, squares and neighbourhoods, as well as its energy, water, traffic, healthcare, education, communication and other infrastructure systems. Consistent and accurate merging of multiple sources of data (from opendata to proprietary information) provides an independent reference for the city and it stakeholders to assess policy or take important actions. Different urban projects can be brought together on one platform and fine-tuned using real-time monitoring, while preserving a city’s identity. The multi-dimensional modelling, visualisation, analytics and simulation in virtual 3D City context are revolutionising the way cities address their challenges and democratise the urban renewal process. The collaborative platform where city officials, residents and businesses will meet to co-create a better city: a healthier, more sustainable and more resilient city, is the need of the time. Virtual 3D City platform provides a horizontal approach that links all players in a collaborative working environment and enables access to a single data referential, which dynamically updates as new data becomes available.
Proper designing and virtual validation of the essential infrastructure are elements of utmost priority as the infrastructure lays the foundation of a smart city. 3D Virtual modeling and simulation should be adopted to test the prototypes virtually before they are passed on to the construction phase. Besides inbuilt project governance is key to ensure timely delivery of the project within budget. The revolutionary technologies are set to transform the ways in which cities are developed and managed.
Let’s take a closer look at other technologies based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Industry Process Experiences such as Territory Digitisation and Master Territorial Planning and Urban Design help urban planners in virtually conceptualising citizen services in 3D context and validate the same through simulation studies before committing the same in real world. This helps in virtually iterating multiple ideas and chose the optimal design or citizen services. Optimised Construction and Design for Fabrication are industry solution experiences based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that creates a single source of truth for construction projects. Leveraging the collaborative, cloud-based, integrated BIM environment with Optimised Construction project delivery teams are able to simulate, optimise, and manage prefabrication, onsite assembly, equipment, labor, and costs with this solution. Optimised Construction has proven to significantly reduce the waste and rework found in the traditional construction process, increase visibility, and yield big rewards for project owners and stakeholders. Design for fabrication seamlessly connects data from the design phase to shop drawings, enabling design models to become the basis for fabrication. This solution has proven to significantly reduce the waste and rework found in the traditional design and construction process, and yield big rewards for project owners and stakeholders.
There is no doubt that business experience platforms like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform have made the transformation of a city into a sustainable smart city, a step easier. It has increased the hope of the government for the development of a maximum number of new-age technology and IT-enabled smart cities across the country. There is also a strong push seen from the technology providers as they are creating holistic and virtual models that enable urban planners to digitally study and test the impact of urbanization, both within the invisible boundaries of their city and also on the entire planet and its resources. Thus, by taking a step towards a bright future, we will not only improve our interaction with the general environment but also how cities will interact with us, ensuring that we receive the best of living at a minimal waste of resources.
About the Author
Praveen Mysore is the India Director-Technical, Dassault Systemes. He has been associated with the company since 2002. Before joining Dassault Systemes he was working with Mahindra & Mahindra, Mumbai as Press Tool Designer. He has worked with many Indian and overseas clients in Asia Pacific region deploying the digital solution for engineering, manufacturing and governance from Dassault Systemes