Singapore is working on digital 3D model of the city

Singapore is always good for technical surprises. Includes a 3D model of the entire city-State, which includes all buildings, all the infrastructure facilities and even all the trees in all parks and along the roads in the future. It remains but not in the model. With each individual item. Whether House, street, or there is at the same time detailed information.

“Virtual Singapore” is the ambitious project of the Southeast Asian Main Town where a so-called intelligent 3D model of the entire city is created. It should be as a future database with information about buildings, civil infrastructure, which are green spaces and much more.

Project cost $53 million, that is a low price to accomplish this level of accuracy.

“The project is the digital twin of the city Singapore”, stressed George Loh, Director of the program Board of the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). The 53 million dollar project with the Singapore braces for the future is the NRF together with the Singapore land authority (SLA) and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and should already start in the coming year. This citizens, businesses, public administration and research laboratories will have access to the variety of data alike.

Dassault Systèmes
A click on the building and all information be divulged in the virtual Singapore. Photo: Dassault Systèmes

According to LOH, demographic data about the city of elderly, shopping malls and restaurants and public transport are included.

Dynamic 3D visualization

The concept of building information modelling or shortly “BIM”, which is typically required for individual structures, should Singapore applied in virtual on the entire city-state. The aim is in this way to create a gigantic BIM model where all buildings, infrastructure, and almost all aspects of life in Singapore is visualizing up to each individual tree and then appear as interactive 3D reproduction. All users can visualize in 3D, how to change the city with population growth, new construction projects and other events in the course of time.

Much more than Google Earth

At first glance, is similar to virtual Singapore of the Google Earth software. However, the 3D model by Singapore to include semantic properties. Click, for example, on a building in the city, receives information about the materials, the ventilation system, the amount of direct sunlight, and much more. Those who are interested in the environment receives data about the area, perimeter and altitude. Even the number of parking spaces and information about trees are available.

Improve the sustainability and eco-friendliness

The 3D model analyzes GEO and topology data, involves also 2D plans such as drawings, photos and documents from various government agencies. These are connected then with historical and real time data about demographics, mobility, or climate, collected by cameras, smart phones and sensors at various locations. This allows digital is exploring the effect of urbanization on the City-State. And that helps to improve the sustainability and environmental friendliness of a town.

parked cars are counted as well as trees
In the digital Singapore, parked cars are counted as well as trees. Photo: Dassault Systèmes

Finally, solutions for the optimization of logistics, public administration and other areas can be developed. Virtual Singapore is based on the 3DEXPERIENCE City platform of the French software company Dassault systems and various other applications and systems.

Facilitates evacuation in case of emergency

The Singapore planners assume that virtual Singapore will be used both by individuals, government agencies, companies and researchers in a variety of ways. The 3D model to apply especially in simulations, infrastructure management and also in the energy supply.

Great potential is also seen in the civil protection and emergency management. Virtual Singapore allows the city planners to determine the locations of people using smartphones, and to project on the city map. Thanks to 3D Projections and intelligent agent-based modelling, it is possible to see how spread people and behave.