The first joint research workshop of Digital Twin Cities Centre (DTCC) and GATE projects was held on 20th of February at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Campus Johanneberg was a great success and a pivotal step towards the establishment of close collaboration, by involving in fruitful discussions more than 20 participants. The workshop aimed at gathering researchers from Chalmers University and Sofia University cooperating in establishment of Digital Twin Cities Centre of Competence in Gothenburg, in order to jointly identify the priority research areas and potential pilots within the frame of Digital Twin Cities. The main goal was through collaboration and ideas co-creation to define the baseline for the science and innovation.
DTCC and GATE aim to develop 3D virtual city simulation platforms, in which all city stakeholders such as planners, architects, builders and researchers will be able to simulate and visualize different conditions of urban areas, like air and noise pollution, wind patterns, placement of trees and bushes, mobility, etc. The platforms intended to give the opportunity to test different approaches and to make informed decisions in urban planning before the plans are finalized and construction started. The virtual experimentation will not only be of help in the planning process but also improve cost and time efficiency, and aid in designing the best quality living conditions in the planned areas.
The participants in the workshop were welcomed by Bernd Ketzler, who is working with project management, research and stakeholder coordination (e.g. in Big Science Sweden) as well as with studies and funding. His recent activities include the coordination of the interdisciplinary project VirtualCity@Chalmers and development of Big Science Sweden.