The Urban Model


Glasgow Urban Model is a 3D Digital representation of the City Centre and River Clyde Corridor


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Glasgow Urban Model is a 3D digital representation of the City Centre and River Clyde corridor. The model can be viewed online in two versions:

  • Photorealistic detail (+/- 20 cm accuracy)
  • Block detail (+/- 0,50m accuracy)

The project responds to the Scottish Executive vision for delivering services that are fit for the 21st century. The primary objectives of the project are:

  • To enhance the understanding of the built environment through the use of a 3D photorealistic representation of the city;
  • To improve the communication and consultation process within the planning system;
  • To provide a highly accurate visual tool in 3D to assist in the assessment of new development proposals to the public, elected members and planning officers alike;
  • To promote and showcase the regeneration of Glasgow; and
  • To improve the quality of all new developments on the ground.

The Urban Model data is currently being used by the AAIB team (Air Accidents Investigation Branch/Department for Transport) to assist the on-going investigation of the helicopter crash that occurred at the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow on 29 November 2013.

How the 3D Model is being Used

To view examples of how the city's 3D model is being used click here.

In 2009 Development and Regeneration Services launched the Urban Model Licence that allows third parties to acquire the original 3D Data from the Council. To find out more go to How to Licence Data .