Infrastructure GIS: Use Cases
When working with an urban environment, there are several use cases or implementations where the use of 3D GIS adds extra value. For instance, when city planning, cities have limited areas in which to expand. These days, with the growing gentrification process, cities are increasingly looking to expand and grow vertically.
...city planners can now integrate 3D models with a digital version of the city and its assets – or its Digital Twin – to create proper planning initiatives.
Additionally, the increased cost of living in the city has pushed people to look for alternative, more economical solutions, such as living in suburbs. The constant flow of people choosing to live outside a city’s core not only affects the city’s land use, but also puts pressure on city planners to considered changes in its infrastructure. Using 3D GIS during an urban project’s design phase, city planners can now integrate 3D models with a digital version of the city and its assets – or its Digital Twin – to create proper planning initiatives.
At the same time, during the planning phase of a construction project, different stakeholders including architects, engineers, planners, and the community can collaborate and identify the impacts a project can bring to a specific location. Impacts such as environmental (noise, pollution), density analysis, or disaster response could all be integrated and analyzed before the construction phase begins.
Another example is the construction or modification of an airport’s infrastructure. Projects such as the replacement of a new control tower, or the addition of a metro station, or construction of a new hotel or office building in the surrounding area must identify and estimate potential issues, improvements or changes before construction begins. In addition, the wellbeing of passengers, crews, workers and the community in general must also be taken into consideration.