NSW launches spatial digital twin

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday February 24, 2020

A digital twin city (not Sydney, though). Adobe Stock

The New South Wales government has launched a spatial digital twin in a bid to transform urban planning and infrastructure across Western Sydney, and potentially other states.

A digital twin is a digital model of a real-life object, process or system.

Delivered in partnership with CSIRO’s Data61, the platform will be developed further in collaboration with all jurisdictions as well as industry partners to expand its capacity beyond Western Sydney. NSW’s spatial digital twin is one of the largest in the world.

The technology will provide 3D and 4D digital spatial data and models of the state’s built and natural environments, which will improve planning and community engagement, according to Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello.

“The spatial digital twin will allow us to better plan infrastructure, precincts and communities by providing real-time information and visualisation of buildings, roads, hospitals, schools and libraries, even before construction begins,” he says.

“A picture paints a thousand words – being able to visualise a project before it starts means we can plan for and predict future outcomes.”

Dominello notes the tool is a “game changer” for stakeholders, as it allows projects to be digitally planned before the physical work actually begins.

The technology includes 22 million trees, almost 20,000km of 3D roads, 7000 3D strata plans, and 546,206 buildings.

A digital workbench will allow parties to visualise historical data while also preparing for future infrastructure by using above and below ground modelling from data obtained through water, energy and telco utilities.

The spatial digital twin will initially support the Western Sydney City Deal, covering the councils of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.


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