New digital twin database platform aims to meet demand for holistic 3D geospatial environments supporting real-time sensor integration, open data standards and interoperability with enterprise investments existing in GIS applications.

Slated for full release this fall, Presagis’ VELOCITY 5D (V5D) is a fast, flexible and scalable software ecosystem that automatically converts 2D and 3D GIS data into information-rich, realistic digital twins to deliver real-time location intelligence and improved decision making. . 5D SPEED differs in design from traditional 2D and 3D GIS approaches to visualization through the seamless integration of space (X Y Z), simulation (you) and contextual parameters when producing digital twins. The Presagis 5D approach provides customers with simulation-ready 3D content for what-if planning scenarios, such as disaster response, as well as workflow interoperability with leading GIS platforms for decision support .

Predict’30 years of experience in 3D modeling and simulation best practices provide a unique advantage in providing a digital twin to the geospatial intelligence market. For example, 3D mesh expertise optimizes the use of shaders, textures and materials at multiple levels of detail (LOD). The result is a digital twin that fully exploits the advanced visualization capabilities of game engine platforms, such as Unreal Engine, and the analytical prowess of GIS platforms such as ArcGIS.

Presagis’ focus on digital twins is driven by growing market demand for holistic 3D geospatial environments that support real-time sensor integration, such as traffic monitoring, open data standards for avoid vendor lock-in and interoperability with existing enterprise investments in GIS applications. Ensuring that Presagis’ digital twin databases meet these requirements has been a key objective of the VELOCITY 5D product plan. In many ways, the digital twin is a natural outgrowth of the emerging open metaverse computing environment where users can choose their visualization and decision support experience, including 3D navigation, 4D scenario planning, or immersion using mixed, augmented or virtual reality applications. Presagis’ approach to digital twin production will meet all of these requirements.

The technological requirements of a digital twin

As a proponent of open standards, Presagis has embraced the Digital Twin Consortium definition of digital twin as: a virtual representation of real-world entities and processes, synchronized at a specified frequency and fidelity. The key technology concepts wrapped up in this definition of a digital twin include: (1) the use of real time and historical data generate an authoritative geospatial infrastructure; (2) the simulation of predicted futures to reduce planning risks and maximize results. The VELOCITY 5D platform builds on these pillars through the adoption of open data standards, a data-agnostic production pipeline, a cloud-based architecture, and partnerships with geospatial data providers and software application companies.

Indoor visualization and wayfinding are the next big waves in geospatial infrastructure and applications. The miniaturization of lidar sensors and stereo image collection camera systems on smartphones makes indoor 3D data collection easy and highly scalable. Presagis is working with partners like Esri to ingest indoor mapping data into the digital twin experience. Although this segment of the geospatial market is relatively new, it is expected to mature rapidly with the growth of the open metaverse. Presagis expects to be a technology and solution leader in this emerging space with future releases of the VELOCITY 5D platform.

The Fundamental Ingredients of Geospatial Data for the Production of Digital Twins

V5D solves two major challenges faced by GIS professionals overwhelmed by the digital transformation of geospatial data. First, V5D easily ingests massive GIS datasets, accelerating information extraction and delivery through automation for rapid conversion into accurate 3D digital twins. Next, the cloud-based VELOCITY 5D platform allows users to visualize complex simulation scenarios to derive context from their 3D datasets, while leveraging game engine technology for visualization.

Fundamental geospatial data ingredients for producing digital twins include terrain, multispectral satellite imagery (MSI), attributed feature data including roads, building footprints, hydrological features, vegetation, and patterns 3D. Presagis has invested heavily in machine learning and computer vision (AI) technology to extract functionality from MSI to rapidly create digital twin environments where there is no GIS data. Additionally, Presagis has developed or acquired several 3D model libraries (airports, landmarks, etc.). All of this data is used to meet the needs of customers for the production of digital twins around the world. Additionally, customer-specific datasets are used to generate digital twin environments for rail yards, port facilities, military bases as well as natural environments for water resource management.

From a user’s perspective, the VELOCITY 5D approach is very simple: users can define an area of ​​interest on the globe and select the layers of information that will be included in the digital twin. A price is automatically generated for the fundamental digital twin which can then be modified or enhanced by the customer with their own data in a GIS application. From the start, the approach has been to keep the workflow simple, costs low, and speed and accuracy with the highest possible quality.

Support the production of digital twins anywhere in the world

VELOCITY 5D is designed to be both game engine and cloud platform independent. At version 1.0, Presagis will support Epic Games Unreal Engine and Microsoft Azure. Presagis develops terrestrial and 3D database compiler solutions for Unreal Engine and works closely with the Montreal team on geospatial capabilities. Microsoft Azure’s edge computing capability for VELOCITY 5D brings its digital twin production capabilities to the point of need for first responders.

Context extends the digital twin beyond the dimensions of surface, space and time. V5D applies artificial intelligence to extract context, the fifth dimension (5D), from complex geospatial digital twins to reveal life patterns, human interactions, crowd behaviors, vehicle traffic movements and other relationships. This allows users to better interpret the dynamic world around them and to model future situations.

V5D can generate a nationwide, high-fidelity digital twin from nationwide GIS datasets in hours, not days, and immediately begin running simulation scenarios, visualization, planning, and of cartography. The VELOCITY 5D platform was designed from the ground up to support the production of digital twins anywhere in the world, including under the ocean. In a recent client project, VELOCITY 5D was used to generate a digital twin for subsea oil and gas assets, including pipelines and other features. The simulation possibilities are endless as material-based visualizations as well as entity-based capabilities such as assigned agent behaviors are incorporated into a crowd control scenario or traffic mobility in an urban environment.

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