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Helsinki 3D+

On-Demand Webinar | Free

Previously Recorded: December 2, 2016

Helsinki, Finland, has used 3D data for city modeling since 1985. As part of a three-year project to be completed in 2017, the City of Helsinki launched a EUR 1 million project to generate a 3D representation of the entire city. When completed, the model will be provided as open data to involve the public and to encourage commercial research and development.

The team acquired data using a combination of laser scanning and oblique photogrammetry. A 3D mesh representation of the city was generated with ContextCapture, and the team used Pointools to model the surface and terrain. ProjectWise enabled the team to manage documents and data, and to share information across internal and external teams throughout the project. As part of their smart city initiative, the 3D model will improve Helsinki’s internal services and promote smart development. The project will also showcase the technology and promote its use in higher education.


  • Reality Modeling goes mainstream
  • Converting photographs into realistic 3D models
  • Utilize models into CAD/GID workflows
  • Integrate models with CityGML models
  • Sharing data in an open format for stakeholders


Aidan Mercer,
Bentley Systems,
Industry Marketing Director,      
Utilities and Government

Jarmo Suomisto,
Project Manager/Helsinki 3D+,
Architect/M.Sc (Civ.Eng)


Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins,
SPAR 3D Editor

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