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4D mapping to revolutionise Victorian urban planning

The University of Melbourne has partnered with the Victorian Government to use 4D mapping technology to revolutionise the planning of one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects.

A digital twin of Fishermans Bend will be designed and developed to allow planners to visualise potential outcomes and see the impacts of decisions before they are made.

It will involve 3D modelling over time, above and below ground and use trial cutting-edge technology to help the decision-making process for infrastructure development.

The trial aims to address complex challenges like urban renewal, sustainability, liveability and digital modernisation.

Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, said the 4D mapping technology will allow architects, planners and the public to look into the future of Fishermans Bend.

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“It will ensure Victoria takes the lead in planning and spatial services – meaning we can make better decisions and keep Victoria one of the most liveable places in the world,” he said.

The City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip and the CSIRO’s Data61 have partnered for the project, in collaboration with Melbourne Water and other state agencies.

Fishermans Bend is around 480 hectares large in the centre of Melbourne. It is expected to house around 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people by 2050.

“The Fishermans Bend digital twin allows us to collect, manage and visualise complex information using geospatial innovations to make better decisions about future cities,” said Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration at University of Melbourne Professor Abbas Rajabifard.

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