GISCafe Weekly Review June 5th, 2014

CityEngine 2014 for 3D GIS urban design released
June 5, 2014  by Susan Smith

Esri has released CityEngine 2014, the latest version of its advanced 3D GIS urban design software. It is interesting to note that the software is now available in 3D applications that are generally considered part of architectural design and visualization applications.

It demonstrates that this is where Esri may anticipate CityEngine to end up rather than within the traditional geospatial marketplace. Its browser-based capabilities will make it easy for geospatial professionals to access what they need from the architectural design and urban planning aspect of big 3D city design projects, however.

Esri offers a free, 30-day CityEngine trial. The design tool integrates with the ArcGIS platform. Greater interoperability has been built into the latest version, which increases design potential. Developers have also strengthened the product’s stability, enhanced street creation functions, and added an open-space tool for more accurate architectural design.

New features in CityEngine include the library of design rules for facades, buildings, and streets. These preconfigured rules make it possible for users to spend more time designing models and less time coding the rules for them. To add another level of realism to the model, developers can use CityEngine SDK sample plug-ins to interact with the popular game engine Unity or other 3D software such as Maya. Developers can find these samples and download the CityEngine SDK at GitHub.

CyberCity 3D pens an agreement with Bluesky
June 5, 2014  by Susan Smith
Image shows - CyberCity 3D buildings combined with Bluesky’s National Tree Map data in CityEngine. Screenshot provided by Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design.

Image shows – CyberCity 3D buildings combined with Bluesky’s National Tree Map data in CityEngine. Screenshot provided by Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design.

Advanced geospatial smart building data provider, CyberCity 3D,  Inc., has teamed with Bluesky, a UK-based aerial mapping company, to create cutting-edge, 3D city models.
The combination of the offerings of these two firms is expected to result in some amazing 3D models, by combining CyberCity 3D’s proprietary 3D building production capabilities with Bluesky’s stereo aerial imagery in the UK and hopefully to other markets.

Bluesky has an extensive data library that covers 150,000 sq km of off-the-shelf aerial photography. With access to this resource  CyberCity 3D will have gain access to urban centers across the UK immediately for 3D Smart Building production.  Bluesky’s specialization in the acquisition and processing of aerial photography will benefit CyberCity 3D as it finds the need for “new” flights to produce 3D models for its increasing client base.Earlier this year, CyberCity 3D – utilizing Vertex imagery – completed production of 3D London City Centre as well as an extended area including Nine Elms, South Kensington, and Chelsea.  The resulting 3D model has attained acclaim and client interest, and led to this groundbreaking new agreement with Bluesky.   By the end of the summer, this data partnership is expected to grow into a 3D data sales agreement involving maps throughout Great Britain.CyberCity 3D will be able to offer precision 3D smart buildings in Great Britain and provide clients with 3D city modeling. The company expects to launch cloud-based 3D buildings services this summer.


Just to advance the discussion on the work we have been doing with offline editing in the Web browser. We have extended the demo app shown in a previous post to be responsive. In other words to run well on all mobile devices: smartphones, tablets and smablets. The short video shows the same offline ArcGIS editing application running in a browser on a tablet and smartphone.

ArcGIS Web Offline Editing

University of Denver GIS Program

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