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The motorway and expressway provider ASFiNAG is responsible for the expansion, maintenance and management of the Austrian motorway network. Their tasks also include the construction of noise protection measures. Due to the unfavorable valley shape, especially high noise barriers had to be planned in the Zederhaus area.
On behalf of ASFiNAG, a realistic 3D visualisation of the motorway section was created with CityGRID®. The planned noise barriers are shown as a switchable variant, the traffic is simulated by driving car models.
On the basis of this visualisation, the impacts of the noise protection measures could be discussed in an illustrative manner with the residents. Both the advantages of noise reduction and the disadvantages of additional shading were discussed in detail. Due to the visual visualisation, neighbours were able to make targeted suggestions for improvement, e.g. minor shortening or extension of the noise barriers. These proposals were taken over in a revised planning, again visualised and again discussed with the local residents. In this way, a constructive dialogue could be established with the population and a consensus on the planned construction measures could be achieved without major time losses.

Pinion project parameters

  • Theme: Road infrastructure
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  • Project area: 20 km²
  • Implementation: 2016


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In the Istanbul district of Bayrampasa, the untapped area of a former prison is to be rebuilt. It is planed is to erect 2200 apartments, shops, schools and a large mosque. The department of urban development of the city administration has therefore commissioned UVM Systems with a 3D visualisation of the project area, which was created using CityGRID®. The existing 3D city model has been improved around the planning area by a detailed presentation of the facades and the road area. In scope of the former prison, the terrain model had to be refined, the planned terracing had to be worked in and the new roads, trains and bridges were modelled. A new shopping centre, schools and the planned residential buildings were modelled and inserted into the scene.

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Pinion project parameters

  • Theme: Urban development
  • Project area: 20 km²
  • Implementation: 2015

Bayrampasa Ausgangszustand

Bayrampasa Planung

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Istanbul Monorail


Between the Istanbul airport Atatürk and the district Basaksehir a 14km long monorail route with 16 stations is planned. The Department of geo-information of the city administration has commissioned UVM Systems with the visualisation of this project.
With the help of CityGRID®, the existing 3D city model was refined in the project area. Facades of buildings were enhanced by high-resolution textures and the urban space was supplemented by detailed modelling of trees, traffic signs, lanterns, etc. The course of the Monorail project has been modelled in detail and integrated into the visualisation. In addition, moving trains were presented in order to further increase realism.
The visualisation is used for the fine-tuning of the project planning. In addition, we have created video sequences from the visualisation, resulting in short information films, which are shown in the public transport of the city of Istanbul.

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Pinion project parameters

  • Theme: Public transport
  • Project area: 20 km²
  • Implementation: 2016

Monrail Istanbul

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The St. Pölten freight train bypass is a new route from ÖBB Infrastruktur AG and serves to improve the capacity on the Vienna-Linz railway line. ÖBB has set up an information kiosk called "Infobox" in which interested persons can get information about the railroad project. In this Infobox, visitors should also be given the opportunity to interactively explore the new route. To this end, we have created a detailed 3D model of the to be constructed track and embedded it in a realistic model of the affected landscape. For the visualisation, we have set up an interactive installation based on CityGRID® Scout. As soon as a person enters the Infobox, this installation starts automatically and invites you to the interactive flight over the planned route. In this way, you can playfully experience how the new railroad track will fit into the real environment.

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Pinion project parameters

  • Theme: Railway infrastructure
  • Projec area: 60 km²
  • Implementation: 2011-2017


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Kassel, real-time traffic simulation


The civil engineering department of the city of Kassel uses the Vissim system from PTV to simulate traffic flows in various planning variants. On the occasion of the planned redesign of the critical traffic junction “Brüder Grim Platz”, it was necessary to show the traffic simulation in three dimensions in the digital city model in order to communicate with citizens. A software interface developed by UVM Systems enables Vissim to be directly linked to CityGRID® Scout. All road users simulated by Vissim – cars, trams, cyclists, pedestrians, etc. – now move through the 3D city model in real time. In this way, the spatial effects of a particular traffic planning variant on urban space can now be assessed much better within the framework of citizen participation.

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Pinion Project parameters

  • Theme: Traffic simulation in the 3d city model
  • Project area: 10 km²
  • Implementation: 2022-2023

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