Singapore opens up 3D data to foster innovation

23rd March 2020 Jonathan Andrews

Singapore has made available nationwide 3D geospatial data to encourage technology industry partners to develop and test new applications and services.

Overseen by the Singapore Land Authority, the 3D Singapore Sandbox will provide users with access to the authority’s 3D geospatial data including 3D models of over 160,000 buildings mapped nationwide.

“We believe the global geospatial industry is set to undergo a major transformation from 2D to 3D in the coming years,” explained Ng Siau Yong, the authority’s geospatial and data director and chief data officer. “By making available 3D city models that we have built, we hope innovators, entrepreneurs, industry partners and the technology community can develop and test new services and solutions that will add to Singapore’s effort in becoming a smart city.”

Users of the system will have access to geospatial solutions provided by established industry partners Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Esri Singapore and Hexagon Geospatial. Meanwhile, the authority has also collaborated with global data analytics provider LOTaDATA to provide access to “people movement intelligence” data for geo-analytics.

Businesses in the architecture, real estate, construction and logistics industries are encouraged to use Sandbox to collaborate with industry partners to co-create and develop innovative solutions.

The authority says that as an example, real estate developers could use the Sandbox’s 3D geospatial data, models, and tools to visualise how their new building construction would synergise with the surrounding urban environment to improve overall liveability for the neighbourhood.

The Sandbox is located at GeoWorks, the geospatial industry centre first set up in 2018 to promote business growth, drive innovation and foster a well-connected community of geospatial firms.

GeoWorks currently hosts 42 companies, otherwise known as GeoMembers, which consist of a combination of geospatial scale-ups and large established geospatial organisations. These GeoMembers come together to share and build expertise, network access, and business opportunities for the whole geospatial industry.

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