The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 35


1 September 2001

Information Rich 3D Computer Modeling of Urban Environments

We are living in an increasingly information rich society. Geographical Information Systems now allow us to precisely tag information to specific features, objects and locations. The Internet is enabling much of this information to be accessed by a whole spectrum of users.

At CASA we are attempting to push this technology towards a three-dimensional GIS, that works across the Internet and can represent significant chunks of a large city. We believe that the range of possible uses for such technology is diverse, although we feel that urban planning is an area that can benefit greatly. An opportunity to push this 'planning technology' arose when CASA won a tender from Hackney Council to develop a dynamic website for community participation in the process of regenerating the Woodberry Down Estate. This is a run down part of northeast London that is undergoing a major redevelopment. CASA has developed a system that not only informs the local residents about the redevelopment process but it also enables them to use dynamic visualisations of the 'before and after effects' of different plans, and then to discuss and vote on the variety of options.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 1,841KB.

Authors: Andrew Hudson-Smith, Steve Evans

Publication Date: 1/9/2001

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