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Esri helps visualise smart cities

The company has implemented long-awaited user requests such as measurement tools and computer-generated architecture neighbourhood queries

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Clicking on the image shows how the software allows users to view different scenarios
Clicking on the image shows how the software allows users to view different scenarios

Spatial analytics specialist Esri has released Esri CityEngine 2017, the latest version of its 3D modelling software. It offers new features that let planners and architects compare different scenarios and visualise them with dashboards to view how each would affect the same geographic area in real time.

 

With the updates available in the new version of CityEngine, users can make changes to specific features -- such as adjusting the size of windows or adding a balcony -- in a model without affecting the entire structure. Before this, planners would have to create two entirely different projects to understand the consequences of a proposed building’s design variations.

 

"With this release of CityEngine, we focused on the needs of urban planners, designers, and architects," said Pascal Mueller, director of Esri R&D centre in Zurich, where CityEngine is developed. "We are proud to introduce a ground-breaking new-tool concept for the scenario-based planning in a 3D application.

 

“Further, we implemented many long-awaited user requests such as measurement tools and computer generated architecture (CGA) neighbourhood queries. Last but not least, we completely revamped the graphical user interface, resulting in the fresh, modern look of CityEngine and a much improved ease of use."

 

The new CityEngine also introduces procedurally generated 3D city content. This means that planners can automatically create unique design features on buildings without manually rendering them. This feature saves time that urban planners and architects would otherwise spend generating details themselves.

 

"Smart cities of the future will be designed more transparently, and the design process will engage citizens," said Dominik Tarolli, head of 3D geodesign business at Esri. "With CityEngine 2017, smart city scenes can be created in minutes and shared via the web or Esri’s ArcGIS 360 VR app in a single click."

 

The latest version of CityEngine is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

 

 

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