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Screenshot from Land Use Victoria rendering of LiDAR models.
  • Digital Twin Victoria will cost $35.2 million
  • Builds on previous successes
  • Will partner with CSIRO

Today, the Victorian government announced a $35.2 million package to deliver the Digital Twin Victoria project.

‘Digital twins’ bring data and information together to create digital representations of the real world, whether that be bricks and mortar, utility infrastructure, farmland or cities.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the digital twin project will “transform planning and unlock efficiencies from the start to finish of infrastructure projects, helping to drive the state’s economic recovery.”

The move is intended to position Victoria as a leader in planning and digital innovation, government agency Land Use Victoria already making significant headway.

Previous digital twins

Digital twins for 20 regional towns in the state were announced back in April, the project meant Victorians would be able to access data about natural and built-form landscapes, as well as 3D building object models, photo mesh models, and other data.

3d map of regional victoria
Image – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Later in June, Land Use Victoria announced it had digitised the Great Ocean Road. Completed with such intricacy and detail, the renderings were near-indistinguishable from photographs of the area.

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Screenshot from Land Use Victoria rendering of LiDAR models.

Digital twinning has also been trialled at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend.

CSIRO partnership

The announcement comes as CSIRO was appointed as the partner to develop the online platform which will host Victoria’s digital twin.

The platform will allow planners, engineers and builders to model different project scenarios, test the feasibility of proposals, troubleshoot potential issues, and share complex information across sectors and workplaces more easily.

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