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Virtual Merri-bek 3D

3D GISLaunch Virtual Merri-bek 3D (PC/Mac)

Virtual Merri-bek 3D is Merri-bek Council's 3D digital twin platform, a spatial 3D GIS platform for PC and Mac web browsers.

Virtual Merri-bek 3D has been developed in partnership with AAM to allow the community access to some of the 3D data and tools which Council uses to assess large scale planning applications. Some of the tools include shadow analysis, 3D measurement, line of sight and viewshed tools.

The community is also able to access and view 3D models of proposed large scale developments within Merri-bek Council which have been approved for use during the advertisement period (when available).

The data within Virtual Merri-bek 3D is maintained and updated by Merri-bek Council's Virtual Merri-bek Officer and includes:

  • Currently advertised planning applications, with direct access to info and plans
  • 3D models of all buildings with a roof surface area greater than 15qm (LOD2 in activity centres only)
  • Parks and reserves with amenity information
  • 3D Aerial imagery

For the best experience we recommend using a relatively modern Mac/PC and either Chrome, Safari or Firefox as your internet browser. The platform contains very large datasets, so loading times may take some time depending on your internet speed. Please View the user guide to learn how to use and navigate the platform.

If you are having issues accessing or using Virtual Merri-bek 3D or have any questions, please contact our Virtual Merri-bek Officer:

How to: View Projects

Follow these steps to view projects within the Virtual Merri-bek 3D platform including 3D models and designs of select advertised development applications and council projects:

Opening Projects

  1. Launch Virtual Merri-bek 3D
  2. Select the "Projects" tab at the top of the screen
  3. Select the project you wish to view
  4. Within the project page select the design you with to view at the top
  5. Select the Eye button on the left to explore the selected design in 3D using your mouse and keyboard

How to: View datasets

Follow these steps to explore the 2D and 3D spatial datasets available within Virtual Merri-bek 3D:

  1. Launch Virtual Merri-bek 3D
  2. Select the "Explore" tab on the bottom right of the screen
  3. Select the "layers" icon
  4. Enable and disable datasets you want to explore using the drop down and "eye" icons to the left of the layer names.

How to: View advertised planning applications and plans

Follow these steps to explore currently advertised development applications, and view associated plans and documents within Virtual Merri-bek 3D:

advertised plans

  1. Launch Virtual Merri-bek 3D
  2. Select the "Explore" tab on the bottom right of the screen
  3. Select the "layers" icon
  4. Ensure the "REFERENCE LAYERS" and "Advertised Planning Applications" layers are enabled using the "eye" icon to the left of the layer name.
  5. Right click on an advertised planning application on he map (blue polygons).
  6. Select the "info" icon to bring up the planning info
  7. Select the "View" link beside the "Assoc_Documents" to view access the advertised plans and documents.