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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Special Blog Coverage of 3D Cities Coming in November!

October 20th, 2014 by Susan Smith

During the week of November 17th, GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “3D Cities: Envisioning Communities of the Future.”


Cities worldwide are charged with the same challenge: that of creating or retrofitting sustainable, intelligent infrastructure. Cities need the best in design, geospatial, visualization and analytical tools to realize a viable and intelligent city design. 3D City design is architectural design times thousands, plus it must have the ability to be interwoven with other surrounding infrastructure and foster an urban conversation.

Urban data must be managed, visualized and analyzed, considering all legal, code regulations, utility and site planning as well as legacy data and geography. Open standards such as CityGML bring open data model and XML-based format for the storage and exchange of virtual 3D city models from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO TC211. A plethora of companies are providing products for 3D cityscape technology, and providing GIS to be able to manage, visualize and analyze all the information that makes up an entire metropolis.

In an effort to cover all companies offering 3D Cities software and solutions, I have compiled a 3D Cities Special Coverage Questionnaire to be filled out and returned to me at
Also feel free to add to this any relevant content, images and/or videos to illustrate points. Please include the name of your company and contact information. We look forward to including you in our coverage.

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