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Urban modeling on the way

City of Vantaa Building Control would like to make greater use of digital information model data to increase its operational efficiency and to improve the quality of building. Sito developed a 4D urban model of the Kivistö area for Vantaa.

“Sito combined existing spatial data solutions with the games and web technology of the future. As a result, we created an innovative 4D urban model of the Kivistö area, which can be used to easily navigate the plans in a web browser,” says Department Manager Petri Kokko from Sito.

Urban model as a part of operational development

Vantaa Building Control is continuously developing its services. They have found that the use of IFC models facilitates the granting of building permits. The Housing Fair has also been a testbed for new technology throughout its history. The utilization of 3D data models in the building control process is an example of this.

Different user groups for the urban model

The urban model is primarily intended for the use of public building control and the designers and customers applying for building permits.

“In this case, there are several user groups,” explains Kokko. “Building Control can make decisions themselves on the basis of clear 3D material and compare it to adjacent buildings. In addition, Building Control can view shadow casting from any location on the plot. In the future, when the system covers the entire city, designers will also be able to ‘build’ their plans in the virtual landscape and genuinely interact with the client, the authorities, and the local residents.”

After the completion of the building control process, the same data will be systematically stored as input data for the management of all maintenance, use, and future new planning processes.

4D: a new way to produce city structure

 ‘4D’ refers to time. Buildings and other constructions are viewed through process phases, each of which has its own time stamp. This series of time stamps forms a 4D city structure, i.e. one that changes over time. Sito’s information model based method will enhance the processes of the city’s technical services.

Urban modeling on the way

Urban Information Model is the next big thing in the management of information related to the built environment. It creates a framework for managing information on key processes and, above all, opens up tremendous possibilities for service innovations. Learn about Sito’s new urban model video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57elWgZpFg8