Urban Intelligence Ltd is collaborating with CartoConsult Ltd on a highly innovative project, ‘Londinium 3D’. The project will combine Urban Intelligence’s planning expertise and policy data with CartoConsult’s specialist geospatial solutions to produce an interactive 3D map of the City of London that aggregates 3D visualisation, policy data, and other information relevant for built-environment professionals in one place for the first time in the UK.
Through this project, Urban Intelligence and CartoConsult hope to explore the potential for innovation within urban planning by introducing geospatial visualisation technology to its practice. With Londinium 3D, users will be able to select areas on the interactive 3D map to access the policy information relevant to their selection, as well as to visually understand how the textual policy manifests in the built environment (e.g. strategic views, listed buildings and conservation areas). It is Urban Intelligence and CartoConsult’s vision that such a tool will radically improve the productivity of built-environment professionals by streamlining the current time-consuming and labour-intensive research process, as well as enhancing the capacity of desktop researchers to fully comprehend policy implications and spatial realities. A similar prototype has been developed by Flux Factory in the United States, for the city of Austin, Texas (check out the Austin Preview of Flux Metro here), which has been met with enthusiastic response from the industry. Londinium 3D will explore the possibility of introducing such a prototype within the UK planning system, which faces challenges unique to the US zoning system.
In order to develop the prototype, Urban Intelligence and CartoConsult are jointly applying for the Ordnance Survey Geovation Programme, which will provide the partnership with the opportunity to explore how Ordnance Survey’s high quality library of spatial datasets might be included within the prototype. If the project is successful, the partnership will explore the potential to roll out the perfected product to cover all of London and, eventually, the UK.