Why don’t we consider having a digital model of Christchurch? This is a really interesting idea being promoted by Beca and reported on by Newsroom.
A leading engineering firm says we need a national digital strategy and a “digital twin” model of the whole of New Zealand, to pull together the country’s fragmented building plans.
They stated that no government agency had stepped up and taken the lead in building a digital twin of the whole country – one that would allow planners and engineers to anticipate the effects of new roads, waterways, buildings and other infrastructure.
“The government Covid infrastructure stimulus provides the biggest opportunity since the great depression of last century to significantly improve the built environment,” he said.
“If we have this precious environment to live in, how do we unlock the power of the potentially unlimited digital resource that is available to us to create the most liveable and sustainable human experience with our built infrastructure?”
Then they spoke about community engagement:
Beyond the digital infrastructure, engagement with communities was critical, continued Hyde. Government agencies needed to make sure they involved everyone who was affected. At present, it was often just the idle, wealthy who had time to complain about the cracked footpaths outside their homes.
“That’s as opposed to those in the rest of the city who might have a greater health and safety need, but we’re just not hearing about it. So, we’re asking, how can we use digital strategies to connect with those who are most affected?”