EnVisible City

Project Info

Team Name

Live+Smart Lab

Team Members

2 members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

The problem:

How to engage communities and citizens to experience quantitative and qualitative data on the tangible and sensory aspects of a city during different times?

What makes a city a great place in which to live, work and relax? Sophisticated metrics have been developed on the component parts such as patterns of use, transport infrastructure and climate; these and a wide range of other data underpin our understanding of liveability. Such indices can be supplemented with text, photography to illustrate some qualitative aspects of place, however many of the intangible and sensory are very difficult to visualise and communicate.
Our solution:

The increasing ubiquity of virtual and augmented reality provide new opportunities to explore the multi-sensory and temporal aspects of urban place. We take government data of various aspects, which are placed as 3D models, vegetations, spatially distinct sound emitters that combine to generate a dynamic experience as the user moves through the scene. We also foreground the temporal character of urban place, with the intent of enabling the end user to ‘dial up’ different time and dates of the development and environmental conditions of the place.

Data Story

Prototype application:

A prototype application has been developed that can be simultaneously broadcast to screen and surround sound systems, to allow individual and small group evaluation of city scenes. The application uses a haptic interface (oculus touch), which enables the user to hold a virtual smartphone as the interface. The menu includes a handheld map with hotspots to allow teleporting around the site, as well as free movement within the scene. User can also ‘dial up’ the time and dates, access videos that capture typical movement paths through the site, select and hold supplementary drawings and photographs. Datasets such as energy consumption can be viewed on the virtual map as well. Projected developments and events are developed in the VR space, and an interface enables the user to switch between and experience the proposed interventions.

Future applications:

The prototype demonstrates proof-of-concept and informal feedback from participants and observers; there is much potential to develop the approach to enable the qualitative aspects place to be used to engage with communities, business and industry during the early stages of urban design.

Evidence of Work



Team DataSets


Description of Use This data provides insights on the land use and management practices plus observed and measured vegetation conditions of a region in Victoria, between the time 1788 to 2010. This data is used to demonstrate an example of how land is used and managed differently over time.

Data Set


Description of Use This dataset shows the range of projects that VicRoads is undertaking in in the current year to improve the condition and safety of Victoria's roads. EnVisible City visualises this information so that the communities and the citizens are able to experience the road projects before they are in place.

Data Set

Bureau of Meteorology

Description of Use This dataset is used to create climate/weather senses.

Data Set

Melbourne Data: Major development projects

Description of Use We visualise past and planned development to help citizens experiencing the differences of city in time.

Data Set

Melbourne Data: Tree canopies 2015 (Urban Forest)

Description of Use We use this dataset with geo-location information for tree visualisation.

Data Set

Melbourne Data: Building outlines 2015

Description of Use This dataset with 3D information provides base models of the urban built environment.

Data Set


Description of Use photos and videos are used to create a "sensory" experience of a city

Data Set

Challenge Entries

Play Melbourne - A Creative City

This challenge aims to showcase Melbourne’s unique history and how the city’s landscape and iconic locations have changed over time.

Go to Challenge | 10 teams have entered this challenge.

Innovation space - A City Planning for Growth

This challenge aims to showcase innovative new ways the city’s public space can be utilised and reimagined.

Go to Challenge | 8 teams have entered this challenge.

Growing Wyndham

This challenge aims to develop innovative new ideas to help plan for Wyndham as a growing city. Winning entry will be a best concept/product that is useful for the people of Wyndham.

Go to Challenge | 15 teams have entered this challenge.

Working Together

How can open government data to improve responsers' situational understanding and ability to plan their response, and share their information between agencies? How can sharing information between agencies be improved by different information presentation, allowing more informed decisions during domestic emergencies or national security events?

Go to Challenge | 20 teams have entered this challenge.

More than apps and maps: help government decide with data

How can we combine data to help government make their big and small decisions? Government makes decisions every day—with long term consequences such as the location of a school, or on a small scale such as the rostering of helpdesk staff.

Go to Challenge | 58 teams have entered this challenge.

Bounty: Is seeing truely believing?

How can we tell a story with visualisations, that speaks the truest representation of our data?

Go to Challenge | 28 teams have entered this challenge.

Activate Melbourne - A Prosperous City

This challenge aims to simplify the steps taken to decide where a new business could be located, or where there is underutilised space in the city.

Go to Challenge | 10 teams have entered this challenge.

Australians' stories

What meaningful ways can we tell the story about what it's like to be an Australian, and in what ways some Australians live very different lives than others? How can we make people more aware of the issues facing themselves and others as they go through life?

Go to Challenge | 34 teams have entered this challenge.

My (Liveable) Victoria

Using the data available on Data Vic and My Victoria, how might well-being be represented and measured in Victoria?

Go to Challenge | 17 teams have entered this challenge.

Bounty: Making open data more open.

How can open data be presented on search.data.gov.au to make it easier and friendlier to use? Does this mean making it more similar to using standard search engines, like Google, or something else entirely?

Go to Challenge | 34 teams have entered this challenge.