What is Virtual Moreland?

Virtual Moreland project is one of the first of its kind in Australia, leveraging 3D mapping, 3D modelling and the emerging technologies of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D GIS. These new technologies enable more informed planning and design decisions, and make it easier for the community to get involved.

This project was funded by the Australian Government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The aim of this  grant is to support the delivery of innovative projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia.

The grant amount for the Virtual Moreland Project totalled $836,812 with Smart Cities contributing $396,900 and co-contributions by Council and partners KASA, Lost In The Machine, AAM and Melbourne University contributing a total of $439,912 in labour towards the project.

Project background

Our urban environment is undergoing rapid change, with Moreland's population expected to increase to 228,807 by 2036.

A key priority in the Council Plan 2017-21 is to enhance Moreland's liveability, affordability and sustainability by guiding growth and excellence in urban design and development. 

Using the virtual reality and augmented reality tools, Virtual Moreland has created interactive 3D maps and models for both Moreland's planning staff and the community to assess proposed developments and support community feedback as our city grows.

Why Virtual Moreland?

In the past, planning applications have only required basic levels of documentation, generally limited to 2D plans and elevations. Technology has quickly transformed the design industry and designers can now produce more sophisticated documentation, including 3D digital models of their designs.

The ability to look at and share a building model in 3D gives the community, designers and urban planners a more accurate understanding of development opportunities and the impacts of planning proposals and decisions.

Modelling Moreland's Activity Centres in 3D and being able to look at new development applications in the context of their surroundings requires designs to be more detailed and resolved.

This will assist Council in making more timely and accurate assessments, give the community access to models and information which is easier to understand, and result in higher quality outcomes.

For more information please contact our Virtual Moreland Officer