Using state-of-the-art 4D mapping technology, the Fishermans Bend digital twin will allow planners, architects and the public to visualise the area through a 3D model of the site, above and below ground. Planners will be able to visualise potential outcomes and analyse impacts in order to make more informed decisions.

The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) said that the digital twin, will allow spatial information to be searched, discovered, aggregated and visualised seamlessly, regardless of the system, server or application. Over time, this project will lead to other digital systems, which, either independently or collectively, will enable government stakeholders to coordinate the management of smart, sustainable and liveable regions. The Fishermans Bend Project will function as a testbed towards maximising sustainable outcomes, with the digital twin allowing for a more responsible approach to urban renewal and precinct planning activities.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, said that the Fishermans Bend digital twin will enable the “[collection, management and visualisation of] complex information using geospatial innovations to make better decisions about future cities.”

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said that “It will ensure Victoria takes the lead in planning and spatial services – meaning we can make better decisions and keep Victoria one of the most liveable places in the world.”

Covering approximately 480 hectares, Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project. Fishermans Bend comprises 5 precincts, including an employment precinct on the Northwestern end of the site, which is identified as a National Economic and Innovation Cluster in Plan Melbourne. It is estimated that Fishermans Bend will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and 80,000 jobs by 2050. 

The project is a collaboration between the City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip and the CSIRO’s Data61, as well as various other state agencies such as Melbourne Water.

Cover Image: Aerial Photo of Fishermans Bend (Photo: City of Melbourne)