Dassault and NRF to take Singapore into the Matrix
By Digital News Asia June 17, 2015
- Virtual Singapore project to help solve emerging and complex challenges
- 3D model of city-state with semantics and attributes in virtual space
PARIS-based Dassault Systèmes said it was cooperating with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to develop Virtual Singapore, an integrated three-dimensional (3D) model of the city-state with semantics and attributes in virtual space.
Advanced information and modelling technology will allow Virtual Singapore to be infused with static and dynamic city data and information, the company said in a statement.
NRF is part of the Prime Minister’s Office, while Dassault Systèmes specialises in 3D design software and digital mockups, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.
Virtual Singapore was first launched in December 2014 as part of Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, and is expected to be completed by 2018.
Virtual Singapore is a collaborative platform with a rich data environment and visualisation techniques.
Dassault Systèmes and NRF envision it will be used by Singapore’s citizens, businesses, government and research community to develop tools and services that address the emerging and complex challenges the nation faces, the company said.
This project will build upon Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity platform to create a dynamic, 3D digital model of Singapore and connect all stakeholders in a secured and controlled environment, according to the company.
The model will employ data analytics and simulate modelling capabilities for testing concepts and services, planning, decision-making, researching technologies and generating community collaboration.
With images and data collected from various public agencies – including geometric, geospatial and topology, as well as legacy and real-time data such as demographics, movement or climate – Virtual Singapore users will be able to create rich visual models and realistic large-scale simulations of the city.
Users can digitally explore the impact of urbanisation on the city-state and develop solutions that optimise logistics, governance and operations related to environmental and disaster management, infrastructure, homeland security or community services, Dassault Systèmes said.
“Singapore is the most advanced city in the world in terms of leveraging technology to plan and manage its transformation over the next decades, and its government’s forward-thinking vision towards a Smart Nation parallels our own mission to harmonise product, nature and life through 3D universes,” said Dassault Systèmes president and chief executive officer Bernard Charlès (pic).
“Cities are some of the most complex ‘products’ created by humanity. Through more efficient and accurate predictions of future experiences within these cities using state-of-the-art tools and applications, we can better anticipate national resource planning or provision of services, and contribute towards a more sustainable quality of life.
“We hope to see other cities echo Singapore’s exciting initiative,” he added.
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity, powered by its 3DExperience platform, provides a scalable, single unified hub to represent, extend and improve the real world and manage data, processes and people of sustainable cities, the company claims.
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