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City to present digital twin of Kingston at conference

October 11, 2019 -

The City of Kingston's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services will be offering a user demo of a "digital twin" of Kingston at an industry conference in  Ottawa on October 16.

"It's really exciting to be in on the construction of virtual Kingston.  We are literally building a 3D model of our physical city that we can use to better service, maintain and improve City infrastructure and services in a smart way," says Phil Healey, Manager, GIS.

Esri Canada has been working with City staff to create this presentation using the City's web GIS platform and open data. More specifically, it makes use of elevation data collected using LiDAR technology and geospatial data stored in the city's GIS to create a digital model of physical Kingston that will allow City staff to be able to visit, measure and make plans for spots around town from their devices using the ArcGIS Online platform. Version 1 of this smart tool provides simple 3D buildings and ground elevation models.

The vision is to, over time, build Kingston's Digital Twin so that it can aid staff decision-making at every stage of an infrastructure project, from planning to design to municipal operations and asset management. A video featuring City staff accompanies the presentation and focuses on this technology's possibilities and looks toward creating a single integrated view of Kingston for City staff and residents.

Once constructed Kingston's digital twin will support many of the City's priorities including improving walkability, roads and transportation, strengthening economic opportunities and fostering healthy citizens and vibrant spaces.

Interested in seeing or using Kingston's open data?  See OpenDataKingston.CityofKingston.ca.