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Abu Dhabi Starts 3D Modelling Project

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Venks
Venks  
12/13/2013 12:51:16 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Security
But can't terrorists and antisocial elements do this sort of thing anyway using services like Google Maps and walking around the city themselves.

Yes Rich, I had imagined that point before hand. But I felt that I should mention it here. Perhaps such a 3D model could make that task much more easier for them to access the whole data now. I believe Google Maps also faced a stiiff challenges from various governments initially and they had to blur out few images/locations for security purposes.

richheap
richheap  
12/11/2013 12:27:33 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Technology just one tool in the kit
Thanks Flanagan55, and I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. As journalists we aren't always lucky enough to get out to see and experience the places we're writing about, but the pieces we write are a lot better when we do.

Flanagan55
Flanagan55  
12/11/2013 11:56:21 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Technology just one tool in the kit
I think your last sentence captures my sentiment. The use of 3D mapping of cities, moreover the use of technologies in general to understand city functions, is great as a tool. A single tool amongst many. We cannot rely solely on technology to explain and identify issues in cities. In my limited planning experience, there is no substitute for physically going out and experiencing a space you are planning for. If you are looking at an intersection - go out and experience it. If you want to design a park, go out and experience the proposed space. First-hand review of urban happenings, in my opinion, is the best to plan or understand cities. Sometimes old-fashioned methods hold value!

richheap
richheap  
12/11/2013 3:45:00 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Security
I see your point, Venks. But can't terrorists and antisocial elements do this sort of thing anyway using services like Google Maps and walking around the city themselves. I'm not sure hhow helpful such a 3D model would be to them, but security will always be a big concern with data like this.

Venks
Venks  
12/11/2013 2:44:34 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Security
I am worried about both of these and more, Rich. Whatever information (whether small or big) that falls into wrong hands (I meant terrorists or any other anti-social elements prevailing in the city) will only mean that we are indirectly helping the terrorists in a big way. If security of such data is taken care of, then we can have to make this project available to all the major cities of the world elsewhere. Rather, I would say it will become necessary for any major city to have such a working 3D model of its own before funding the next bigger infrastructure project.

richheap
richheap  
12/10/2013 4:37:19 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Security
Thanks Venks. What are you worried about in particular? The maps of the insides of the buildings, the whole city map, or both of those and more? And into whose hands?

Venks
Venks  
12/10/2013 12:53:45 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Security
The project is expected to cost the city $25 million, which is small change for this oil-rich state.


@Rich: Yes indeed it is a small change for cash rich city like Abu Dhabi. If all the things those are planned come true to its being then I would say it is definately a small amount. I get a little bit cautious whenever I read such articles by the way. We need to be doubly sure tha such data does not get into the wrong hands (read as terrorists). 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/9/2013 4:46:44 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool, but
Indeed, I think the big claims being made here point to a larger issue -- perhaps Abu Dhabi is trying to buy time to fix itself by making grand claims about what this system will be able to do. Like, hey everyone, don't worry that we don't have our problems figured out yet, because the 3D modelling software is going to fix everything! Hmm... 

richheap
richheap  
12/9/2013 3:53:55 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool, but
You're right, Nicole. Making the model is one thing, but then the city has to use it effectively. There are a lot of big claims being made here. Can one system really do it all?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/9/2013 3:43:35 PM
User Rank Staff
Cool, but
Thanks for the overview of Abu Dhabi's plans, Rich. I think this is a good idea, for all of the reasons mentioned... however, I also think that 3D modelling is a no-brainer at this point for cities.

This first step is good but not quite innovative. This will only be innovative if officials follow through and utilize the 3D model to bring about a superior city. 

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