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Potential uses and Helsinki’s applications

Kalasatama Digital Twins Pilot Project’s Final Report

The general objective of the KIRA-digi pilot project (15.5.2018 - 31.1.2019) was to produce digital twins of the Kalasatama area. The models serve as a platform for designing, testing, applying and servicing the entire lifecycle of the built environment, as well as smart city development. An accurate, up-to-date model of an existing city structure and the future plans will enable the development of processes, practices and services based on 3D technology. Digital twin models at their best realize this idea of planning, testing and building things digitally first.

Read the Final Report of Kalasatama Digital Twins Project

The Energy and Climate Atlas  

The Energy and Climate Atlas created with the help of the city information model is a tool for mitigating climate change and improving energy-efficiency. The Atlas includes a wealth of building-specific information, such as heating systems, conducted renovations and energy certification. In addition, the Atlas includes information on the consumption of electricity, district heating and water in Heka Oy’s rental buildings. The Atlas also allows users to examine the solar energy potential of buildings.

Go to the Energy and Climate Atlas

Munkkiniemi-Haaga 1915 model 

The miniature model of Eliel Saarinen’s Munkkiniemi-Haaga plan from 1915 has been converted into a virtual model. In keeping with the original miniature model, the virtual version is quite accurate and even includes building windows.  Saarninen’s impressive city district plan was very notable at the time of its creation. Though it was never implemented, the plan can now be easily viewed by anyone.  

View the Munkkiniemi-Haaga model

Unity service  

Unity is an open game development platform that can be used to develop a variety of different games. The Helsinki reality mesh model and the Haaga-Munkkiniemi 1915 plan can be streamed to the platform with the help of the Umbra service.

New applications under development

3D Service Atlas  
A new 3D version of the service map of Helsinki, called the 3D Service Atlas. The Service Atlas will allow the contents of the service map to be viewed in 3D.

What has been done already? 

Ogelikone is a serious game focusing on city planning that was used to test and evaluate different complementary construction options in the Oulunkylä station area, which is set to undergo some changes as a result of the new Raide-Jokeri light rail line. The game allowed residents to test how their goals and wishes would be realised as part of the area’s redevelopment. 

3D city plan 2050 

Helsinki’s city plan has been converted into 3D and combined with the city information model. In addition to this, the information model was complemented with planning data related the implementation of the city plan concerning the Vihdintie boulevard.

The 3D city plan is better for examining different city development possibilities and the impacts of city planning than a two-dimensional model. In urban development, some data is always lost in the different stages of planning, construction and building maintenance when plans are converted from 2D into 3D and vice versa. A three-dimensional city plan helps to streamline the process during all stages of development. 

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Helsinki's city models as open data

Helsinki’s city models are available as open data from Helsinki Region Infoshare.


These videos showcase Helsinki’s 3D city models, as well as their benefits and possibilities for cities, among others actors.

View the city information model

The city information model allows you to view not only the city’s buildings and information on them, but also the city’s terrain model.

View the reality mesh model

The reality mesh model allows you to examine Helsinki as it was in summer 2015 and visit places that you might not think to go to otherwise.

Final report of the Kalasatama digital twins

The final report produced in the pilot project contains extensive information on the Kalasatama digital twins.