China Increases Urban Planning Efficiency

The China Academy of Urban Planning & Design (CAUPD) recently selected ERDAS APOLLO to manage and deliver its massive amounts of vector and raster data. CAUPD is a scientific research institution under the Ministry of Construction of the People's Republic of China. To conduct its urban and rural planning research, CAUPD requires a vast collection of images displaying urban agglomerations, or large, continuous areas of urban development. This collection consists of terabytes of both raw and processed ALOS and SPOT data. Beijing Digital LandView Company Limited, the authorised ERDAS distributor in China, introduced ERDAS APOLLO to CAUPD.Beijing Digital LandView Company... (read more)
2010-08-10 09:56:59

Norrköping Empowers Citizens in Urban Planning

The City of Norrköping, Sweden, has empowered its citizens to plan the future city centre. The project was initiated by the city planning office of Norrköping to communicate plans for the new city centre as well as to engage citizens to contribute their ideas. In the service, based on Agency9 CityPlanner, users easily navigate in an interactive 3D view of Norrköping, allowing them to explore the city. Information points provide details in text, images and 3D models. The user can comment and read others’ comments directly in the 3D environment. Unlike traditional physical models in closed exhibition halls, the web... (read more)
2012-05-14 09:34:47

GIS for Urban Disaster Prevention and Planning

SuperGeo from Taiwan has completed a geographic information system (GIS) for disaster prevention and planning. Located in the Circum-Pacific seismic zone, Taiwan frequently experiences high-magnitude earthquakes throughout the country. Thus, the development of an effective urban planning system and disaster prevention plans has become the most crucial issue facing the government. In general, the accurate distance measurement from each residence to the shelters is necessary for Disaster Prevention and Planning. To assist Zhubei city (a city known for high-technology development in Taiwan) in achieving buffer results of shelter ranges with diverse considerations, SuperGIS Desktop 3 is used to build the... (read more)
2012-06-13 10:04:46

Recognition for Innovation in Urban Planning

City of Gothenburg, Sweden, and its partner Agency9 received the Geospatial World Innovation and Excellence Award in Urban Planning at the opening of the internationally renowned Geospatial World Forum 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, last week. The award recognises the innovative use of web-based 3D visualisation in the communication of development projects and the dialogue with its citizens. The award-winning project is based on Agency9’s CityPlanner web solution. Efficient collaboration and communication is fundamental in building and managing sustainable cities. Leveraging the benefits of clarity of 3D illustrations, internet-based visualisation tools provided as a cloud service allow easy distribution of... (read more)
2012-04-30 10:00:00

Benefits of GIS in Urban Planning

Investigating the Squatter Settlements in Eskisehir, Turkey
Traditional methods of information management are hard to use in the planning process of problematic urban areas such as squatter settlements. GIS provides the capability for dynamic query and analysis, display of information and a more understandable representation. By introducing GIS, the authors analyse the social and infrastructure possibilities of the squatter settlements in Eskisehir Municipality. They determine areas with inadequate public services and infrastructure, and provide basic solutions. The problems of large metropolitan cities have been comprehensively studied by many researchers. Nevertheless, a country that just consists of a few very large urbanised areas arbitrarily embedded in a rural... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Urban Planning of Stockholm in 3D

Stockholm Municipality has set up an appealing way of communicating its future urban projects. In the Culture House of Stockholm City, a large touchscreen is available allowing citizens to 'fly' through a photo-realistic 3D model and explore the various urban projects planned in Stockholm. This impressive virtual mock-up of the Swedish capital was created by Blom Sweden, thanks to the Smart3DCapture solution from Acute3D for the 3D reconstruction and to Agency9’s CityPlanner for the visualisation. Merging the ultra-accurate 3D model automatically generated by Smart3DCapture (including more than 5 billion triangles) and the GIS data already collected by Stockholm Municipality, this... (read more)
2014-07-10 09:47:03

Web-based 3D in Urban Planning

Examples and Critical Success Factors
Urban planning has become more complicated due to today’s rate of urbanisation and the rapid expansion of cities. Web-based 3D tools coupled with high-quality 3D city models and digital terrain models offer viable solutions. Although the majority of plans are still produced in 2D, there is a growing trend towards 3D. Read on for examples and discussion of some critical success factors. (By Håkan Engman, Agency9, Sweden) The majority of plans are still produced in 2D. One hurdle has traditionally been the high acquisition cost for digital terrain models (DTMs) and 3D city models. This is changing quickly as the... (read more)
2016-09-01 09:19:24

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
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