Western Sydney’s 4D digital twin revealed

By on 27 February, 2020

Data61’s Mats Henrikson and Spatial Service’s Bruce Thompson. Image supplied.

CSIRO’s Data61 and NSW Spatial Services have launched a cutting-edge digital twin for Western Sydney.

The new 4D model, covering western Sydney’s built and natural environment was launched by Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello on Monday.

The platform is built on Data61’s TerraJS platform and open source data catalogue system, MAGDA, and is web-accessible and secure.

Mats Henrikson, Geospatial Web Systems Group Leader at CSIRO’s Data61, said the technology will create efficiencies and has the potential to transform decision making for planners, policymakers and developers.

“Cities have never been so data rich as a result of connected sensors and many are growing vertically in addition to horizontally. This creates incredible opportunities to overlay 3D/4D data from satellite and drone technologies which is spatially accurate, to show the bigger picture of what’s happening above and below the ground over time,” he said.

“The digital twin represents a step change in how we visualise environments and processes taking place in them.”

The NSW Digital Twin combines data from across government departments, private and open sources, such as such as live transport data, infrastructure (above and below ground), building information models and property boundaries.

The model currently visualises local government areas that comprise the Western Sydney City Deal and Greater Parramatta to the Olympic Peninsula, with more areas to be imaged and modelled in future.

The NSW Digital Twin is now live, and you can learn more about it in the video below.

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