Fingal County Council is piloting digital twins to enhance public consultation on major public realm projects. A digital twin is a completely virtual scale model of a town or village. The public can view the planned public realm projects ‘Swords Cultural Quarter’ and ‘Balbriggan Quay St. Harbour Rejuvenation’ using an interactive digital twin 3D web viewer. Fingal is the first local authority in Ireland to develop an online interactive digital twin/3D web viewer to showcase a future vision of a town.
Balbriggan Harbour Rejuvenation Plan
The Balbriggan 3D Model is a visual tool which helps citizens visualise the planned transformations of the town outlined in the Our Balbriggan 2019 – 2025 Town Rejuvenation plan. The model can be described as a ‘3D Map’ or ‘Digital Twin’ of Balbriggan as it was created using aerial survey photography and ground level photo surveys. It provides easy access to a visual representation of the reimagined Harbour and Quay Street area.
The model was created to enhance community engagement, enabling people and businesses of Balbriggan to view the future transformation of their town. An interactive web viewer was created for the public to view and immerse themselves in Balbriggan’s reimagined spaces.
Click here to view the Balbriggan 3D web viewer - Balbriggan Future Vision Environment Model (realsim.ie)
Swords Cultural Quarter
Similarly, to the Balbriggan Model, The Swords Cultural Quarter 3D Model was created to enhance public consultation and give residents and businesses an opportunity to immerse themselves in the planned civic and cultural centre.
As part of the rejuvenation of Swords town center, Fingal County Council are building a new civic and cultural center. Designed by architects O’Donnell Tuomey the building will include,
- New Swords library
- Theatre with seating for 165 people
- Art gallery and exhibition space
- Maker space
- Studios and rehearsal rooms
- Archive and reference library
Click here to view the Swords Cultural Quarter 3D viewer – https://online3d.realsim.ie/webgl/Swords/CulturalQuarter/