What might be particularly surprising to local government professionals, is that an Australian-owned company based in Adelaide, Aerometrix, which provides photo-realistic and geographically accurate 3D models used in planning, survey mapping and visualisations for councils around Australia, was called in to help deliver a solution. Using the incredibly realistic model of Philadelphia's urban environment the Aerometrix team was able to create, the event organisers were able to meticulously plan the Pope's route, security and contingency plans.
Watch the video to see Newcastle in 3D – from the city streets to the beach-side cliffs.
Planning departments in local governments use 3D modelling effectively for shadow analysis, as those worried about privacy and losing their sun access can view the sheds as part of the planning approvals and objections stage. This offers better outcomes for everyone, because the realistic modelling provides a clearer understanding and removes the fear of the unknown.