PlaceTech | VU.CITY’s virtual reality model of Square Mile launched

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The scene is accurate to 2cm. Images: VU.CITY

14 Oct 2020, 15:20

The most advanced, fully interactive virtual reality digital twin of a major city area has been unveiled in a collaboration between the City of London Corporation, Innovate UK, New London Architecture and VU.CITY.
The model captures every building, lamp post, window and traffic light to 2cm accuracy across a 2.9 sq km geographical spread – a first in accuracy and detail over such a large area, says VU.CITY.
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“Almost without exception, every decision made on a new building has been based on two dimensional images and videos. Now, for the first time this new technology will give us the opportunity to put buildings into a fully interactive virtual world and experience it at a human scale,” says Alastair Moss, chair of planning at the City of London Corporation.
“Using the technology will not be a requirement of planning permissions but it is a tool that developers could opt to use to help realise what the plans offer in terms of space, enhancement of the public realm and to the City.
“Working in VR gives us, as Committee Members, the possibility to experience proposed change to the Square Mile …

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