What would happen to New York City if a building’s gas main were to burst, a major explosion were to occur, or worse still, a giant incarnation of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man were to start wrestling buildings in Midtown? The city would be able to see and assess the risk zone, thanks to a 3D visualization application introduced by Cube Cities, Co.Design reports.
The Calgary-based software company uses published data from sources like Google Earth to create 3-D maps and communicate building information to relevant agencies — the fire department, developers, or city planners — through easily understood 3D digital models. The visualization platform, named Cube Cities, illustrates the damage radius of a disaster by color-coding the surrounding buildings at risk, with the ability to zoom in as close as individual floors.
In addition to aiding with disaster response, Cube Cities’ visualization capabilities have been able to illustrate the growth of the Chicago Loop over the course of the last two centuries as well as the evolution of Midtown Manhattan from 1850 to 1915 (sans Stay Puft Man). Presumably, there are a variety of uses for Cube Cities' merging of visualization and data sets that architects might benefit from.
The company has already introduced several: From a commercial standpoint, realtors and office tenants can use it to check out potential offices and glimpse the vistas of specific urban locations; security-wise, it can create visualizations showing the sound and motion at different properties, using data gathered from equipment on-site. And almost unsurprisingly, you can also use this app the same way we use all the others — to, ahem, learn more about your colleagues and peers. Cube Cities can create a map pinpointing the workplaces of your LinkedIn contacts, down to the floor on which they’re headquartered. But maybe don’t let them know that you’re doing that.
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