Digital Cities

Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice

In our local cities and global economies today, we continue to see increased demand and democratization for richer visual information and communication moving from analog to digital, 2D to 3D, to 4D and beyond. For people and organizations involved in the planning, design, construction and operations lifecycle of our cities, there is an even greater demand for interoperable “digital city” models with the right levels of detail and accuracy needed to make collective, trusted and timely decisions about existing and proposed conditions. These decisions include how projects and cities will work, how much they will cost, how much time things will take and what they will look like. So while basic 3D modeling and GIS can provide decent massing models and metadata, these models typically don’t have enough integrated detail or precision to be most effective for the professional users and agencies who carry the risk for the cities and projects they manage. These users need better processes and tools that allow them to capture and combine the right models and deliverables in the right formats, with the right users at the right time.
So how will we engage CAD, BIM, Geospatial, Analysis, Simulation, Visualization, Web Services and Collaboration tools and processes to support these efforts and users in the future? How can we work in a more informed, integrated and visual way, while maintaining the security and integrity of our designs, our data and our decisions? How will owners, agencies, businesses and the public interface with this process and information as it becomes more valuable and more available…or not? How will the people, the policies, the projects and the tools come together to help us better plan, design, construct and maintain a more sustainable world today and in the future? This presentation will look into the emerging business and practice of “Digital Cities” and explore the roles that empowered information, technology and people will play in the future. It will examine today’s trends, standards and tomorrow’s opportunities as the industry moves to better capitalize on this convergence and opportunity.

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Doug Eberhard


For 20+ years, Doug Eberhard has created and implemented innovative visual IT solutions on over $120 Billion of Capital Planning, Design, Engineering, and Construction projects around the world. Doug did most of this work while at Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB), where he managed over 300 different projects and oversaw several technology groups and initiatives. Serving as PB’s Chief Technology Officer until he joined Autodesk in 2007, Doug helped pioneer numerous unique and award-winning solutions to visually and virtually communicate and manage proposed projects using advanced Computer Modeling and Simulation, Geospatial Visualization, Web-based Project Management Systems, and Digital Collaboration Technologies.

Doug’s more notable projects include implementation of 3D/4D Modeling for the $12B NYC World Trade Center Rebuilding Program, both Public and Private Information Websites for the NYC Lower Manhattan rebuilding plan and Internet-based Program Management Systems for General Motors, AT&T, FEMA, Network Rail, NYC MTA, Caltrans, Singapore Ministry of Environment and Level 3 Communications.

Doug has been a featured speaker at numerous industry, media and academia events and is a founding member of the Transportation Research Board’s Geometric Visualization Committee. Doug was named to the Carnegie Mellon Presidents Advisory Board in 2007 and has been an advisor to several AEC companies and industry consortia.

  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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