NSW DFSI, Data61 developing NSW digital twin

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 13 February, 2019

NSW DFSI, Data61 developing NSW digital twin

The NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation's Spatial Services unit is collaborating with the CSIRO's Data61 to create a digital spatial twin of the state.

The partners have developed an interactive platform designed to capture and display real-time 3D and 4D spatial data to model the urban environment.

The Digital Twin NSW project involves creating a digital real-world model of cities to facilitate better planning, design and modelling to meet the state's future needs. It has a range of potential applications, from disaster management to urban planning and refining public transport schedules.

The platform was developed under the state's whole-of-government agreement with Data61 and built on the open source platform TerriaJS.

Phase one of the project included developing digital visualisations of the local government areas in Western Sydney and Greater Parramatta.

An upgrade of NSW's spatial data from 2D to 3D and eventually 4D — with the extra dimension being time — was a key recommendation of the government's State Infrastructure Strategy 2018–2038 report. The launch of Digital Twin NSW marks the first step towards making this a reality.

The platform will be further developed going forward in collaboration with local, state and federal government agencies and industry bodies.

Image courtesy DFSI.

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