UAVs as Tools for Urban Planning in Uruguay

Photogrammetric Surveys of Irregular Settlements
Irregular settlements, also known as villas or favelas, present a big challenge in urban planning. When collecting data, whether to determine the existing situation or to plan future projects, topography plays a fundamental role. Not only is a large amount of information required but is also often difficult to access the locations, which makes capturing information much more complex than in the case of classical topography. Photogrammetry is the ideal methodology in such areas, and the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a perfect tool for this type of aerial survey. Read on for details of this project in Uruguay. (By Patricio Birriel... (read more)
2016-04-26 11:53:46

Urban Planning and the Future of African Cities

It is a well-known fact that African cities face a challenging future. With some 65% of urban populations living in slum conditions and 70% in informal work, they are also set to double in size over the next 20 years, as much from natural increase as from in-migration. The already huge backlogs in basic urban infrastructure (especially sanitation and clean water) represent overwhelming challenges to local governments which are underfunded and under-capacitated. Urban planning should be playing a key role in addressing these issues, yet it is being handicapped by a recent wave of interest by the international property development... (read more)
2016-08-23 02:11:27

The Economic Benefits of Geodata in Urban Planning in Sweden

Spatineo and its partner GIS-kvalitet i Norden recently supported Lantmäteriet, the National Land Survey of  Sweden, in answering an essential and important question: 'What is the economic benefit of national  harmonization and standardization of geodata and the national platform for access of geodata?'. The companies conducted a project for Lantmäteriet in which they assessed the potential economic benefit of the use of geodata in the digital urban planning and building process in Sweden. The estimated annual economic value is between SEK22.6 and 42.2 billion. The urban planning and building sector is the biggest sector that affects the built environment in... (read more)
2019-08-15 09:03:54

Urban Planning, Management and Decision-making in the Cloud

SmarterBetterCities
SmarterBetterCities is a software company located in Zurich, Switzerland, which creates CloudCities: a cloud platform for smart city planning and smarter urban management. In line with the SmarterBetterCities’ mission – ‘to replace an army of specialists with a single web platform’ – CloudCities is a simple, smart and attractive platform for urban planning, putting decision-making at users' fingertips. Smart tools such as SmarterBetterCities’ 3D Cities Libraries offer solutions for instant city modelling and energy demand assessment. Users can upload 3D city models using various file formats and show off their projects and significant context data, e.g. energy consumption, floor areas or... (read more)
2016-03-22 11:39:08

Dutch Prime Minister Embraces Tygron’s Digital Urban Planning System

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, and alderman Boudewijn Revis of BSKB The Hague experimented in a real-life digital urban planning system by Tygron yesterday in the Binckhorst area of The Hague. This interaction marked the start of Tygron’s collaboration with the Dutch government. It was clear that the Tygron Engine led to all parties reaching a consensus, thus underlining its role as the urban planning tool of the future. Good initiatives by civilians and business owners are not always easy to implement because of the 32 separate planning laws... (read more)
2015-07-07 02:01:08

Los Angeles and Esri Unveil Pioneering Urban Planning Hub

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Esri president Jack Dangermond have unveiled the City of Los Angeles’ new GeoHub, one of the USA’s most complete collections of urban map data. The GeoHub builds on Mayor Garcetti’s third Executive Directive, which created Los Angeles’ first open data portal. By making more than 500 types of map data available to residents, city workers and private industry, the GeoHub helps residents better understand their communities and helps City departments better coordinate construction, road paving and public safety efforts. On its own, data gives important insights into how the city works, and now Los... (read more)
2016-02-02 09:23:22

From Urban to Rural: Enabling Sustainable Urban Planning and Development Using Satellite Imagery

It is estimated that 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Studies have shown that urbanization, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population, could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas. This growth presents a challenge to today’s urban planners – a challenge that can be partly solved by incorporating Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery into their planning. This rapid rate of change challenges urban planners to ensure efficient city infrastructure management whilst minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment. Satellite imagery provides... (read more)
2020-06-02 10:38:34

Urban Dynamics

Web-based Spatial Development Indexes in the Czech Republic
Determining changes in the built-up area over time can be done in many ways. In the Czech Republic, only the large cities can afford to monitor such changes using advanced and expensive datasets such as aerial imagery and tools like GIS. Statistical and cadastral data is available countrywide which also allows small municipalities with limited means to monitor urban dynamics. The authors have developed three approaches of increasing complexity with associated cost levels. The resulting spatial development indexes of all municipalities are published on the web on a regular basis Figure 1, Annual urban growth in Vsetín between 1992 and... (read more)
2013-10-28 11:02:34

GIS for Urban Conservation

Change Detection and Priority Determination in Historical Turkey
GIS is a very useful tool in the planning of urban conservation. GIS includes integration of vector and raster data, geographical referencing, correction and spatial adjustment. GIS analysis tools and map overlays improve the accuracy of decision making. With the help of GIS, the authors detect changes in the historical urban sites of Odunpazarý District of Eskis,ehir in Turkey and determine conservation priorities. Major urban centres in developing Turkey face a population explosion, which began in the 1950s. As a result, cities have changed in size and scale, type of housing, land-use patterns, street layout and architectural style. These features... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00

Urban Energy Modelling

Semantic 3D City Data as Virtual and Augmented Reality
The visualisation of results from urban energy modelling and simulation is a crucial part of energy research as it is the main communication tool among scientists, engineers and decision-makers. Energy modelling and simulation results are directly linked to spatial objects and 3D therefore becomes a necessity. Multiple interactive 3D visualisation environments exist, such as Esri’s City Engine or CESIUM web globe. However, these applications are mainly targeted as 3D viewers for use on desktop machines and lack immersive components that enable users to truly immerse themselves, explore and interact with the real environment on-site. In this study, the team focused... (read more)
2017-11-23 10:24:29
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