SLA launches 3D Singapore Sandbox for access to 3D geospatial data

Singapore Land Authority (SLA) recently launched 3D Singapore Sandbox, a first-of-its-kind collaborative environment for technology industry partners and developers. This initiative aims to encourage the use of 3D city models and geospatial data to develop and test new applications and services, which can benefit both the public and private sectors.

The 3D Singapore Sandbox is open to industry partners who wish to leverage on 3D geospatial data to support better decision-making, and to develop smart solutions to drive operational efficiencies and value for business end-users.

“We believe the global geospatial industry is set to undergo a major transformation from 2D to 3D in the coming years,” said Ng Siau Yong, geospatial & data director and chief data officer at SLA. “By making available 3D city models that we have built, as well as other geospatial data through the Sandbox, we hope innovators, entrepreneurs, industry partners and the technology community can develop and test new services and solutions that will add to Singapore’s effort in becoming a smart city.”

The Sandbox provides users with access to SLA’s 3D geospatial data, including 3D models of over 160,000 buildings mapped nationwide. Users will also have access to geospatial solutions provided by industry partners - Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Esri Singapore and Hexagon Geospatial. In addition, SLA has collaborated with global data analytics provider LOTaDATA to provide access to ‘people movement intelligence’ data for geo-analytics.

SLA has identified businesses in the architecture, real estate, construction and logistics industries as potential first movers. They are encouraged to leverage on the Sandbox to collaborate with industry partners to co-create and develop innovative solutions, which would enhance their business operations and processes. For example, real estate developers could use the Sandbox’s 3D geospatial data, models, and tools to visualise how their new building construction would synergise with the surrounding urban environment to improve overall liveability for the neighbourhood.

The Sandbox is located at GeoWorks, Southeast Asia’s first geospatial industry centre set up by SLA in 2018 to promote business growth, drive innovation and foster a well-connected community of geospatial firms.

GeoWorks currently hosts 42 companies - known as GeoMembers – that consist of a combination of geospatial scale-ups and large established geospatial organisations. These GeoMembers come together to share and build expertise, network access, and business opportunities for the whole geospatial industry.

Businesses interested to use the 3D Singapore Sandbox should visit the GeoWorks website for more information.

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