Given that worldwide urbanisation is accelerating, a significant battleground for sustaining infrastructure is at the city- and local-government levels. To effectively manage all of the geospatial and non-geospatial information associated with urban infrastructure, cities today need a 3D City Geospatial Information System (GIS).
The mission of a 3D City GIS is to support decision processes associated with the creation and operation of urban infrastructure. This infrastructure must be designed and constructed such that it balances the need for growth, development, and change with the equally critical requirement for sustainability and a palpable improvement in the overall quality of people’s lives.
A 3D City GIS can add tremendous value to the infrastructure project delivery process. By providing everything from enhanced visualisation of future projects to more accurate and in-depth analysis of existing infrastructure, 3D-rendered models enable a more-realistic view of the world around us.
This white paper explores how a 3D City GIS can help address many of the challenges of sustaining city infrastructure, and why it will become a necessity for infrastructure professionals, much like the infrastructure being modelled.