Singapore unveils 3D Smart Nation map

The 3D mapping project used advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to generate compelling ‘real world’ visualizations of the entire island.

The 3D models showcased at the event are part of a whole-of-government Smart Nation initiative aimed at improving risk management, facilitating collaboration and enhancing decision-making among Singapore’s public agencies.
The project has also produced the biggest geospatial dataset ever collected homogenously in Singapore, featuring more than 100 terabytes of data and products which can be used by multiple agencies to create 3D maps and models. 

“SLA is committed to pushing geospatial and technological boundaries to propel Singapore towards a Smart Nation. We are leading the development of Singapore’s 3D mapping initiative which would form a key component of Virtual Singapore,” said SLA CE Tan Boon Khai.

“This would enable sharing and analysis of geospatial data to improve sense-making capabilities, test-bedding and assimilation of concepts to find solutions to emerging and complex challenges,” he added.

Esri Singapore CEO Thomas Pramotedham said the project would serve as a new global benchmark for the world’s leading cities.
“Singapore is one of the most advanced in the world when it comes to using GIS technology for Smart Nation development,” he said, adding that traditional 2D town planning maps are inadequate to represent our complex environment.

“But when city planning scenarios are translated into a 3D ‘real world’ scenario, we can design, build and develop with absolute clarity and precision,” he added. “By using GIS technology, SLA has been able to truly bring their vast array of data alive in a way not possible with any other tool. 

SLA’s 3D models will form a key component of Virtual Singapore, one of the projects under the Smart Nation initiative. The 3D models, for example, could now be used to identify the island’s solar energy potential; determine how proposed new buildings may affect the city’s skyline; and subterranean planning with the optimisation of underground land use. 

Other use cases include analyzing how the location of where trees are planted could  increase a park’s shade coverage during the day. This type of ‘dynamic shadow analysis’ can also help Singapore’s planners better locate new park benches, rest points and activity areas for the greater comfort of park goers. 

With 3D maps, property developers can understand how Singapore’s weather patterns and an area’s existing greenery could assist in naturally cooling-down a built-up environment. It can likewise provide urban planners with greater insight into how new building developments can change or obstruct the visibility of certain landmarks, tourist attractions, or community facilities.  

Meanwhile, enabling government agencies to share data in real-time in areas such as routing, navigation and field operations could be especially helpful when organizing large-scale public events such as the 2016 Formula 1 race – an event that requires meticulous route planning and real-time data knowledge to ensure the smooth flow of the event. 

On the other hand, conducting a solar potential analysis, the utilities industry can fully leverage Singapore’s solar power potential thereby providing consumers with a reliable source of renewable energy.