The project goal is to develop a proprietary 3D city-modeling platform (Virtual City Environment VCE) based on the automated co-registration of LIDAR, GIS, and street view image datasets. The platform would integrate an interactive and interoperable online client, supporting multiple user content and scripting modification, and support the parsing of 3D object types, such as terrain, buildings, transient objects (vehicles) and vegetation. The platform will feature a data interface allowing users to incorporate, visualize and highlight different types of data, such as public health data, air quality, traffic, demographics, energy, commercial activity, zoning, etc. The resulting 3D visualization and data interface platform will satisfy a market opportunity for planning visualization and communication services required of professional planning, architectural, engineering businesses, as well as provincial and municipal governments to meet contemporary civic engagement standards. The proposed platform advances SOSCIP strategic priorities by innovating application of supercomputing to existing and emerging urban data sets to improve planning information systems.

Industry Partner(s):GeoDigital Canada, Rethink/ReNewal Urban Planners

Academic Institution:McMaster University

Academic Researcher: David Harris Smith

Focus Areas: Cities, Digital Media

Platforms: Cloud, Parallel CPU