3D District Planning

Harnessing our knowledge of the 3D modelling software application, CityEngine, we created a 3D simulated model of Hamilton City’s District Planning rules.

  • Client: Hamilton City Council
  • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton City Council wanted the ability to visualise their District Planning rules in 3D alongside scaled existing buildings. This would allow for proposed developments to be viewed within the existing built environment and would help evaluate whether existing and proposed buildings sit within the current District Plan buildable envelope. This would also provide 3D modelling to allow for future changes to the District Planning rules.

The expertise of our WSP Opus Geospatial team put us in the best position to provide an innovative solution for Hamilton City Council. Harnessing our knowledge of the 3D modelling software application, CityEngine, we created a 3D simulated model of Hamilton City’s District Planning rules. Using CityEngine, we developed procedural data driven rules that generated 3D models of buildable envelopes along with information including buildable area, volume, virtual floor levels and floor land use.

The result was an online 3D urban scene covering two square kilometres of the Frankton area to the west of Hamilton CBD. This 3D scene was shared with the Council Planning team online using ArcGIS Online. Using CityEngine allowed us to provide the Council with an urban planning tool that can go beyond the existing built environment and planning rules to provide conceptual rule changes to assess the city’s growth capacity or to model a proposed planning zone change. Further development of this procedural rule will allow the Council to anticipate the implications of green and brown field development.