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NSW digital spatial twin gets $40 million expansion and mobile app

by Angel Jemmett •
Free resource

NSW is set to become the world leader in Spatial Digital Twin technology, thanks to a new $40 million funding package from the Digital Restart Fund (DRF).

The NSW Department of Customer Service (DCS) Spatial Services team will expand its first Digital Spatial Twin to cover the entire state, with confirmation of the funding. It is expected that the system will expand across the whole of NSW over the next two years. 

Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello called the Spatial Digital Twin project an “evolutionary leap when it [comes] to shaping communities and boosting productivity”, allowing customers, developers and planners to visualise the state’s future.

The Spatial Digital Twin creates digital architecture which provides visualisations of development projects before they are constructed. Dominello claims that this will simplify the planning stages of infrastructure projects.

The first NSW Spatial Digital Twin was launched in February 2020.  It provided a virtual 4D model of the built and natural environments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith, and Wollondilly council areas.

In the year since its launch, the Spatial Digital Twin has received 18 million requests for access to its datasets.

It has been created by utilising government spatial, natural resources, and planning data.  It integrates real-time feeds from sensors to provide insights for the digital twin’s designers, developers and decision-makers.

The Spatial Digital Twin is now accessible on mobile devices to make it easier for the public to collaborate and access planning information on their communities. DCS’s Spatial Services team and Data61 collaborated to develop the mobile version.

The Spatial Digital Twin is part of the newly-launched Live.NSW program. This program will include the development of a platform to allow the public to search for information based on their needs and places of interest.

Dominello says that the Live.NSW customer platform will ‘create a snapshot’ of existing and planned community projects.

“Live.NSW will be highly visual, interactive and easy to use, with customers able to search their suburb and check information available in their area that is relevant to their needs.

The Live.NSW customer platform is expected to launch in early 2022.

  • NSW
  • Software
  • Infrastructure