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Digital twin

What is Digital Twin?

Virtual Merri-bek Hero

A digital twin is a virtual 3D model of our city. This model represents terrain surfaces, buildings, vegetation, infrastructure and other objects and assets.

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

Access Virtual Merri-bek 3D

Council's digital twin allows the community interact with an as-built digital 3D model of Merri-bek and view additional 3D datasets 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

VM3D is part of the Virtual Merri-bek Project which also utilises other 3D and spatial technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D visualisation.