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FME in Action Customer Stories New York City and AppGeo created a 3D building massing model for the entire city

New York City and AppGeo created a 3D building massing model for the entire city

Applied Geographics (AppGeo) is a Safe Software partner and provides consulting services and innovative geospatial IT solutions.

NYC DoITT builds 3D building massing model with 1,000,000 buildings

New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) needed a 3D building massing model for the City’s 1,000,000 buildings. Safe Software partner, AppGeo, worked with DoITT to define the approach and data model, manage the effort, and provide QA/QC.

AppGeo successfully generated the 3D building models, which were used alongside planimetric data to support new ways to model and analyze the built environment and City landscape. This resulted in a comprehensive study published by The New York Times that mapped shadows across the City. The City provided access to the 3D data along with viewing tools.

The 3D building massing model created with the FME Platform allows decision makers in New York City to more effectively plan for infrastructure, transportation, and other projects that affect the built environment. It also enables city planners and architects to make informed decisions about building designs, solar potential, and more.

3D buildings modeled
“This deep dive into CityGML and 3D QC was only possible with FME. ”
Guido Stein
Geospatial Data Engineer, AppGeo
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