Launch of the NSW Spatial Digital Twin: better planning, design and management of Australian cities

February 25th, 2020

Yesterday our team celebrated the launch of the NSW Spatial Digital Twin built in a collaboration between DCS Spatial Services and CSIRO’s Data61.

Dr Matt Adcock (CSIRO’s Data61 Imaging and Computer Vision Group) and MP Victor Dominello during the NSW Spatial Digital Twin launch.

CSIRO’s DATA61 is assisting DCS Spatial Services to bring data to life via a four-dimensional visualisation platform (Digital Twin Visualisation Service, DTVS).

With a high-resolution four-dimensional model based on three-dimensional aerial imagery and LiDAR, integrated with the state’s digital cadastre (record and location of land parcels), data for transport, utilities, planning, natural resource management, environmental management and emergency management is being progressively added.

According to DCS Spatial Services, the platform also integrates Digital Engineering assets, Building Information Models, and live API feeds for public transport, air quality, and energy production. It is also designed to integrate with the NSW Spatial Collaboration Portal, providing a central point to search, discover and share spatial information.

The launch of the NSW Digital Twin by Minister Victor Dominello (read his speech here) marks an important step in digital transformation which will benefit the people of NSW and inform the planning and management of our future smart cities.

The NSW Spatial Digital Twin now offers an online version of Western Sydney mapping out 22 million trees with height and canopy attributes, 546,206 buildings, almost 20,000km of 3D roads, and 7,000 3D strata plans, allowing the visualisation of historical data alongside real-time visuals even before construction begins.

Through our continuous work on Augmented Reality, our team has been able to demonstrate the high resolution holographic rendering of digital twins with hundreds of millions of polygons. Additionally we showcased our platform for tying holographic data directly to the relevant parts of buildings – such as IoT device interfaces, real-time sensor read-outs, wayfinding, and 3D x-ray views into building walls.

A full media release by CSIRO News can be found here.

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