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Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 3D City Model

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 3D City Model

The Shrine of Remembrance holds a special place in the townscape of Melbourne as its vistas are protected and fan out for many kilometers, across multiple jurisdictions. Council and State planning control the position and scale of adjacent developments – using our digital 3D City Model (3D MLB), vistas were more easily interpreted which resulted in improved negotiation and mediation periods.

Urban Circus was engaged to translate complex and convoluted design codes into easy-to-understand and easy-to-use impact analysis criteria in order to reduce urban development impacts on the southern views to the city.

The Shrine also sits amidst well-kept parkland bound by St Kilda Road to the west and Domain Road to the south. These streets and sites have Development Overlays (DDOs) to manage the townscape and streetscape impact on the Shrine. Our solution converts these DDOs into 3D volumetric shapes over the sites to allow a streamlined impact assessment of proposal applications.

Our Process

To facilitate the heightened, sophisticated 3D digital planning, Urban Circus built an accurate, detailed geo-referenced 3D City Model from a feature survey. This included trees, terrain and gradients/slopes, all statues, features and materials, pathways and fencing and road surfaces along the edges of the park.

We integrated the Shrine precinct model into the greater 3D MLB model which included Melbourne City and the City of Port Phillip. Working with city planners, we tested the planning criteria in the 3D environment and engaged with the Shrine Trustees and other stakeholders to review and iterate urban planning controls.

The final 3D City Model was published to the Urban Circus platform, optimised to operate at high speed and performance and made available to our client for  use on an ongoing basis.

The Benefits

3D MLB is a convenient and easy-to-use design tool for negotiating built form and environment changes. It provides clear, unequivocal answers to questions that previously took months to review and removes the dependency on local staff to interpret complex codes to speed up the planning system.

Using the 3D City Model provides a reduction in VCAT/tribunal and mediation processes across development considerations covering multiple planning jurisdictions – this has increased the capacity and capability to speed up the City’s planning processes.

A Practical Example

A developer required an impact assessment for a proposal approximately 3km from the Shrine to test the visual impacts. The proposed 3D building design was imported into 3D MLB, placed in-situ and to scale. The Shrine Vista and other townscape controls were then switched on to enable a clear discussion of the design application. The developer resolved his questions accurately in just one hour.

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