Smart Cities Vision for Chiang Mai Brought to Life in Virtual Reality for the First Time at Digital Thailand Big Bang

 Smart Cities Vision for Chiang Mai Brought to Life in Virtual Reality for the First Time at Digital Thailand Big Bang

Autodesk and DEPA showcase 3D map of Chiang Mai to Prime Minster and Ministerial Committee

Bangkok, 21 September 2017 – Prime Minster of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, took a virtual walk around Chiang Mai today at the Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 event in Bangkok.

Showcased for the first time, the true-to-life 3D Smart City Model for Chiang Mai was created by 3D design software leader, Autodesk, with the support of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA).

DEPA announced in February 2017 that it will embark on a 36.5-million-baht smart city project to develop Chiang Mai as an innovation-driven destination, and the launch of the 3D Smart City Model for Chiang Mai is a milestone towards achieving Thailand’s goals.

Caption: Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj (2nd left) and Mr. Chaowalit Limmaneevichitr, Secretary to the Minister (4th left) explore Chiang Mai in virtual reality. Created by Autodesk with the support of DEPA, the Chiang Mai Smart City Model will be used as context for future urban planning, as well as to identify and simulate solutions for smart agriculture, smart transportation, smart security, tourism and much more.

This is the second Smart City Model that Autodesk has created with support from DEPA. The first was the Phuket Smart City Model which was launched earlier this year.


 Caption: Minister of Energy, General Anantaporn Kanjanarat also paid his visit to explore Chiang Mai in virtual reality.

 Created by combining satellite imagery, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) data and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data in Autodesk InfraWorks 360, the Chiang Mai Smart City Model is a powerful visualization platform for urban planning and exploring “what-if” scenarios to test alternatives and optimize constructability.

Multiple levels of information – including building, social, environmental, government, economic data – from sources like sensors, real-time traffic information, and social forums can also be captured and populated in the Smart City Model and accessed by managers, governments, and citizens using tablets, apps, and dashboards. The result is better decision making, easier benchmarking, improved performance, greater connectivity, and enhanced community engagement.

Photo caption: 3D Smart City Map of Chiang Mai created in Autodesk Infraworks 360

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