Esri has launched the latest version of its CityEngine software, which brings together 3D urban modeling and geospatial analytics to help support urban planning, architecture, and design.
Using CityEngine, urban designers and architects are able to create 3D models and export parts of the model into Esri’s ArcGIS software for spatial analysis. This provides urban planners, designers and citizens with intelligent information to help them make improvements to their city. .
The ArcGIS platform – which runs on Microsoft technology – allows planners to see how a building would cast a shadow at different times of day and times of year. The building can also be viewed within the context of other nearby buildings, and factors such as solar exposure and viewable sky can also be analysed..
Thanks to the CityEngine web scenes capability, models can be easily shared online with stakeholders or the public. A web scene is an interactive 3D version of a web map and can be sent with a web viewer, meaning the end user does not need additional software..
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