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3D model of Melbourne coming up soon

Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Municipal Councils Government, Australia, is developing a computer generated 3D model of the Melbourne city. It will be formally used for the first time at a Future Melbourne Committee meeting in November 2011.
The model aims to help city planners better assess and communicate their planning decisions. Future Melbourne Committee (Planning) Chair, Cr Peter Clarke said, “The potential of this technology to help planners to visualise proposed buildings in a virtual cityscape of Melbourne before they are built is very exciting and has the potential to improve both communication and understanding of planning developments.”
“I support the development of any technology that will bring more certainty to planning, improves the community’s understanding of applications and helps planners make the best decisions for Melbourne.”
 “Growth in and demand for office and residential space in the City of Melbourne has reached unprecedented heights. In 2000 we had around 620,000 people using the municipality every day. In 2010 this has reached around 790,000 and in 2030 we expect over 1 million,” Cr Clarke said.
“By many accounts, within the next five years the central Melbourne office market is likely to surpass that of central Sydney and at the same time, more and more people are choosing to make the city their home. The emerging technology will give planners the ability to plot the built form of a proposed development in a 3D simulation of Melbourne.”
Cr Peter Clarke added, “The model can actually not just plot a proposed building design but can also be used to assess shadowing on neighbouring properties, amenity impacts at the street level, relationships with surrounding buildings and how the building fits into the current built form of Melbourne.”
According to Cr Clarke, the 3D model has potential to also speed up the planning decision making process by improving communication between planners, applicants, objectors and community.
Source: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au