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Spatial digital twins for smarter urban planning


May 2023

We recap our Solution Engineer Sam Mason's interview with Engineers Australia, in which he explained how spatial digital twins can transform urban planning.

May 2023

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Our very own Sam Mason, Manager of Solutions Engineering at Nearmap, recently spoke to Engineers Australia about how, with the aid of Nearmap solutions, engineers are using spatial digital twins to make precise and data-backed decisions at scale.
Here’s a snapshot of his interview:

Spatial digital twins connecting communities

The City of Sioux Falls in South Dakota — home to a population of nearly 200,000 people — identified the need to better serve its citizens and provide up-to-date information to relevant stakeholders.
To achieve this it created a digital twin using Nearmap 3D textured mesh as a base layer — the digital twin serving as a citizen engagement tool, a way to visualise projects within existing site conditions, and more.
In speaking to Engineers Australia about this use case, Mason said, “it’s fantastic to see how companies are bringing in Nearmap imagery and then layering other data sets over the top, merging them together so they can interact with the space.”

How spatial digital twins streamline large-scale planning

“Previously, if a council wanted to measure the climate in an area, they’d put temperature monitors right across the city and send people around by foot to look at them,” said Mason.
Using a prototype digital twin of Penrith Council he created himself, Mason demonstrated that because digital twins enable the aggregation of many different data sources — tree cover, roof condition, and surface type data derived from our very own Nearmap AI, for example — they enable engineers to conduct deep analyses much more efficiently.

Digital twins and ESG planning

Mason also noted digital twins have the potential to support engineers’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts.
“Digital twins can quickly pinpoint areas that engineers should dig into further. They could, for example, highlight warmer areas on the map, which will tell an engineer they should look into that area and consider how it’s contributing to a building’s ESG rating.”
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And to learn more about how you can leverage our Nearmap AI and 3D content to drive efficiencies and help you meet your objectives — through spatial digital twins and more — get in touch today.
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