Enhancing urban sustainability using 3D visualisation

John P. Isaacs, Ruth E. Falconer, Daniel J. Gilmour, David J. Blackwood

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    This paper presents the results of an initial application of a prototype simulation and visualisation tool (S-City VT) thatwas developed to enable all stakeholders, regardless of background or experience, to understand, interact with and influence decisions made on the sustainability of urban design. The tool takes the unique approach of combining three-dimensional (3D) interactive and immersive technologies with computer modelling to present stakeholders with an interactive virtual development. Use of outputs from the model and a 3D visualisation of the development can help decision-makers judge the relative sustainability of different aspects of a development. The tool employs a number of different methods to present sustainability results to stakeholders. Initial tests on the effectiveness of the different visualisation methods are described and discussed. The paper then presents some conclusions on further development and application of the tool to model and visualise possible results of decisions made at different stages of the project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)163-173
    Number of pages11
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning
    Issue numberDP3
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2011


    • Sustainability
    • Visualization
    • Visualisation
    • Virtual environment
    • Real-time simulation
    • Information technology
    • Urban regeneration


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