Arup and the Planning Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government have won the 2020 International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart City Asia Pacific Awards under the Urban Planning and Land Use category for the smart city project - ‘Development of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure – Built Environment Application Platform – Feasibility Study’ (CSDI-BEAP Study).
As part of the Hong Kong Government’s Smart, Green and Resilient (SGR) City Strategy, the BEAP, tapping spatial data from CSDI, provides a vital tool to enable city stakeholders to use a digital twin approach to make decisions on city planning, management and operation, supporting development of Hong Kong as a smart city.
During the future implementation stage, the platform will present a collection of spatially and digitally enabled built environment applications and services that allow users to search for, interact with, download built environment applications and discover relevant resources via a web portal. Ten prototypes of applications on different thematic areas covering planning and landuse; infrastructure and engineering; and landscape, environment and conservation have been developed under the CSDI-BEAP Study.
This digital twin approach will improve efficiency and transparency, support decision-making, foster interdepartmental co-operation and synergy for policy making, resource management, as well as delivery of high-quality services to the public.