Now the infrastructure sector is catching up, providing authorities and asset owners with improved insights and enabling them to make better decisions to provide greater value to citizens. We are working with the Urban Flows Observatory at the University of Sheffield to digitise the city into a 3D model environment, integrating live data on air quality with the aim of providing a clearer barometer of the health of the city. This is a key first step towards creating a comprehensive visualisation, analytics and prediction platform for Sheffield.
Our platform – delivered in line with the Gemini Principles, published by the Centre for Digital Built Britain to guide the development of a national digital twin – is now in a second phase of development to deliver the 3D model and data through a web browser. City-scale twins on an open framework are core to enabling smarter, more sustainable infrastructure solutions.