Urban planners can blend citizen convenience and sustainability by using 3 D models

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Urban planners can blend citizen convenience and sustainability by using 3 D models

We are used to two-dimensional images for years until the technology of three-dimensional photos completely changed the view and put things in the right perspective. Today, any urban planning deploys 3D models to represent an urban environment with a three-dimensional geometry that depicts the objects as vividly as in real life. The 3d gis technology has given engineers and architects a shot in the arm, as they can now comprehend the urban landscape with a complete understanding of the ecosystem where they replicate every feature as it appears in reality.  Not only for urban planning but 3D city models can also be used for a multitude of different application domains to facilitate environmental simulation that aid the decision-making process.


Building green neighborhoods

Emboldened by the powers of technology that is now within their reach, city planners are currently pursuing their dreams in building Green Neighborhoods that helps in reducing its overall ecological footprint by following sustainable development principles.  The focus is on integrating micro level community planning aimed at the betterment of living conditions and environment with the principles of sustainability. They have already implemented this concept across several US cities, and it has shown a remarkable reduction in emissions of greenhouse gasses that has gone down by 30 to 40%.


Typically Green Neighborhoods are characterized by several energy-saving sustainable infrastructures developed by using ecological resources. Maintaining fixed distance between buildings, constructing green roofs, having waterways and vast green spaces and ecological modes of transportation are the salient features of the projects. 


Selling developmental ideas is easy


3D models uphold the reality in its correct perspective but in a miniature form and allow viewing and analyzing it from various angles. That has now become a valuable communication tool because it is now possible for anyone to view and understand the different impact of the proposed development in the right perspective. It becomes easy to understand the changes as it is possible to simulate the conditions that prevail before and after construction. The process of development has now become much more real-life oriented which has been made possible by compiling all geographical information in three dimensions.


Know the options both above and below the ground


The specialty of three dimensional GIS is that it does not only capture the dimensions visible above ground but also the details of structures and features that remain submerged in the ground. That is a considerable improvement over 2D GIS that could seldom portray the real picture under the ground.  The model includes imagery and maps that are placed precisely according to spatial location based on the information related to its position and elevation. 

The benefits of three dimensional GIS are almost endless and the better you can make use of it more would be the options available for development of cities and towns. The concept of urban planning has shifted from community convenience only to include environment-friendly factors and technology has made it possible to dream for the impossible that is now within the reach or city planners.