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Dubai Municipality to leverage advanced tech for 3D city project

The civic body will provide a 3D scan of underground service lines

Dubai Municipality to leverage advanced tech for 3D city project
[Source photo: Venkat Reddy/Fast Company Middle East]

Soon all infrastructure and service lines in Dubai, including those underground, will be available in 3D maps. The Dubai Municipality has launched a 3D Infrastructure and Service Lines Map project to strengthen the Dubai government’s positioning as a fully smart model.

“The project will undertake a comprehensive study on choosing advanced technologies to build a 3D model and an inclusive map of geospatial data on infrastructure and service lines below the ground, integrating all the precise details within a single source of information,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality said in a statement. 

The study will explore recent technological innovations in preparing underground infrastructure maps, including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology.

Mariam Al Muhairi, Acting CEO of the Buildings Regulation and Permits Agency, said the project would follow two phases. The first phase involves analysis of available technology across the globe, assuring its quality, efficacy, and availability to provide it to the specialized team and train them on utilizing it. The second phase involves examining all infrastructure service lines through the technology to update all the data.

The latest technologies will be leveraged to provide a 3D scan of underground service lines, guaranteeing delivery of all relevant data and the accuracy of the geospatial database. The data includes details on all services, such as the irrigation, sewage, and rainwater lines maintained by Dubai Municipality, along with road lighting lines and power and water lines data, by the Roads and Transport Authority.

These underground service lines will be further scanned, processed, and delivered to the data-owning organizations to update them to achieve the municipality’s goals of digital twinning, which include facilitating and speeding up operations that use 3D infrastructure data, including NOCs and infrastructure projects for relevant buildings.

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