Digital Cities

The digitally advanced city

Trusted information whenever and wherever needed - to support smart city initiatives

Populations continue to shift to urban areas. The World Economic Forum predicts the current 4.2 billion people living in urban areas will increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. Cities and supporting ecosystems must deliver on housing and infrastructure needs while at the same time address quality of life, economic growth, safety and security, and resiliency.

To support this, each city data owner needs to make accurate and relevant infrastructure information accessible across necessary departments, with the city ecosystem, and often with citizens. And cities are going digital. With ubiquitous connectivity, AI and distributed computing, cities see this as an opportunity to drive digital advancement. By going digital, cities can integrate engineering models with enterprise and operational data to ensure that trusted information is available whenever and wherever it is needed. The enabler is a connected data environment and digital twins. With a Connected Data Environment, and the infrastructure digital twin (iTwin), digital managers can incorporate different types of data repositories including drawings, specifications, documents, analytical models, photos, reality meshes, IoT feeds, and enterprise resource and enterprise asset management data – into a living digital twin. Information is created for one purpose and used elsewhere, and stakeholders benefit from this collaborative approach to city infrastructure and services.

Advancing urban planning with a city-scale digital twin

Cities can provide a fast, easy and visual way to successfully communicate, promote and share city projects in an interactive way to gain citizen buy-in and attract investors. They now can stream massive digital twins online, visualize projects spanning entire cities down to street level using a combination of terrain models, reality meshes, and even semantic 3D city models such as CityGML. And with more immersive experience for stakeholder and citizen engagement, cities can improve communication and collaboration across departments, with city ecosystems, and with citizens – delivering on the promise of greater transparency and improved engagement.

Advancing city resiliency with a digital twin

Cities can bring accurate and reliable risk and analysis data to agencies involved in flood preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. With real, actionable information towards anticipated early warning and prompt response, cities deliver on their promise of resiliency by using this information in the emergency management cycle of preparation, response, recovery and mitigation.

By going digital, cities exemplify the value of an open, connected data environment and embrace a data-driven approach from planning to performance. Not only can city departments and data owners streamline work and improve infrastructure data quality, but also cities make proactive, holistic, data-driven decisions that support smart city goals.

Join Bentley’s Robert Mankowski as he presents the keynote at Intergeo 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany on Digitally Advanced City. Learn more