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BMA offers open access to 3D Bangkok map

Bangkok, Thailand: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) City Planning Department drew up a 3D city planning map. The 3D city map of traffic routes and infrastructure systems is available to the public at https://3d-cpd.bangkok.go.th.

Thin Hongthong, chief of the department’s Geographic Information Division, said that the digital map is set at a ratio of 1:500 and is based on the latest 2006 Greater Bangkok city plan. It shows the details of each city zone and what types of properties can be built there. There are 990 3D visualised structures out of 1.4 million actual buildings in Bangkok to overlay on the map.

Of the 990 visualised properties, 181 are archaeological sites, 115 are tourism destinations such as the Golden Pagoda, the National Theatre and Phan Fa Bridge, 69 are state agency buildings, 130 are helicopter grounds around the city which will give visitors an idea about disaster protection and mitigation systems from the way they have been located, and 495 are high-rise buildings with 20 floors or more.

In addition, all skytrain rail routes and terminals, MRT lines and the Airport Link rail route are included in the map.

Thin stressed the 3D project will give wider and easier public access to urban planning and help people to make better judgements about their property project locations and developments.

The City Planning Department will update data in the map every year with help from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

The Greater Bangkok city plan is undergoing a third revision that will be finalised after being submitted to the City Planning Committee next month.

If approved, the new plan will be available to the public for 90 days before amendments are made.

It will then undergo legal scrutiny after which it can be signed into law by the Interior Ministry.

If the entire process cannot be completed by May, the department will ask the Interior Ministry for the 2006 city plan to remain in effect for another year.

In the near future, it will expand the programme, adding more information and the number of visualised properties in the map.

BMA deputy governor Vallop Suwandee said the 3D map is one of a number of projects under the Bangkok Smart City scheme.

The aim of the smart city project is to make Bangkok a more enjoyable place to live with greater convenience in all aspects, including transport, community living and information technology.

Source: Bangkok Post