Dubai Municipality completes 3D photography of Dubai landmarks

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Dubai, 06 May 2020:

The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Center in Dubai Municipality accomplished a great effort in the recent period, despite the exceptional circumstances, by photographing all the landmarks and buildings of the emirate in record time and also linked them to smart systems that are transferred to the main database smoothly and quickly.

Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality stated that the achievement was in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, regarding the transformation of Dubai government into a fully smart model.

Al Hajri said it is also part of the Municipality’s commitment to provide the finest services in accordance with the established and innovative international standards to develop technical solutions that allows the use of GIS in the decision-making process accurately, and also enhances the experiences of users in various fields.

The filming process was completed during the month of April by Dubai Municipality’s Geospatial Scanning Vehicle, which is an integrated solution for collecting geospatial data that is installed on the roof of the car to perform field surveying using a high-resolution laser scanner, and satellite positioning devices (GPS), in addition to a set of 360 degree panoramic cameras, to produce 3D data with high accuracy for all landmarks of the emirate accurately. The data is collected while the car is traveling at a speed of 80 km per hour and then it is processed to produce an integrated digital model.

The geospatial survey system is characterized by accuracy, speed and safety in data collection operations in all areas, even in the presence of congestions. It is also characterized by its efficiency in producing 3D models and extracting accurate data for all kinds of landmarks, including all types of government assets, whether they are open cultivated areas, parks, squares, playgrounds, underground tunnels, infrastructure installations, event sites and vast interiors of buildings such as airports, exhibitions and more.

The system’s outputs outperform similar systems in the field of regular panoramic imaging of landmarks, with its laser devices that produce dense clouds of coordinates (Point Cloud) that shape the landmarks geometrically with a precision of 5 centimeters that enables the production of 3D models of all the landmarks that were covered and converted into accurate data, whereas parallel panoramic photography is limited only to providing a general view.

The system’s features also include the extraction of landmarks and assets using Geospatial Artificial Intelligence that can be used at any time and any place as needed, while products of similar companies are provided for specific areas and are updated annually.

It is worth noting that Dubai Municipality is the first government department in Dubai to possess such a system, which is considered an essential element in making the Dubai Digital Twin Model for infrastructure enhancement.


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