Developer 3D model submission guidelines

3dsmaxAs part of the Virtual Moreland project, Council has built a detailed, computer generated 3D model of Moreland.

As part of the planning permit application process developers may be required to submit 3D models of their proposed development during several stages of the application process.

These models will be used to visualise and verify proposals in context by council and potentially shared with the community via Council's My Virtual Moreland 3D viewer, My Virtual Moreland VR tool and My Virtual Moreland iOS and Android apps where appropriate and as outlined below.

Why submit 3D models?

Council encourages all developers submitting applications for large scale projects within Moreland's activity centres to submit 3D models to include in Councils My Virtual Moreland tools and apps.

Including your development in Moreland City Council's Virtual Moreland apps and tools allows developers to show off their proposed developments to the public in an exciting, unique and accessible way using upcoming technologies such as AR and VR. The tools Council has developed are some of the first of their kind. AR and VR tools like these are already becoming part of every day city planning and architecture across Australia and the world, so having early access to tools such as these is an advantage that most other councils do not yet offer.

By submitting accurate 3D models with your application our planners are able to use these to assist with the decision making process to make more informed decisions using councils internal 3D visualisation tools (including AR and VR). This has the potential to speed up the application assessment process.

If no 3D model is provided to council then your development may need to be 3D modelled by our council staff. While Council tries to ensure your development is modelled as accurately as possible from the submitted 2D plans, the 3D modelling skill level of council staff members and resources available varies significantly, meaning that the 3D model created by our staff may sometimes be delayed and/or be modelled as basic 3D extruded cubes to represent the height, width and volume of your development. Having council staff model your development not only slows down the application assessment process, but your development may not be represented accurately or be as aesthetically pleasing as an accurate model created by your architect which may negatively impact your application assessment.

3D model submission stages

With the majority of applications there are 3 key stages during the application process when developers may be asked to submit 3D models as outlined below:

Model submission 1 - Model of proposed development:

This is used by council to make more informed decisions about applications using traditional 3D software and Councils internal VR tools. Models will not be shown to the public at this stage without additional permission from the applicant.

Model Submission 2 - Updated model before public advertisement (if changes have been made):

This 3D model will be primarily used in 3 separate tools/apps and made available to the public to view during the public advertisement period via Moreland City Council's My Virtual Moreland 3D viewerMy Virtual Moreland VR tool and My Virtual Moreland iOS and Android apps.

Model Submission 3 - Final model reflecting the final design before construction (if changes have been made):

Once the development has been approved MCC will request a final model which reflects the final design. This will then be integrated back into the base model of Moreland to keep the base model up-to-date.

3D model usage rights

By submitting your 3D models to Moreland City Council you agree to allow Council the right to use, share and visualise these models internally and externally with the wider community through the above mentioned apps and tools at each relevant model submission stage.

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