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What is the 3D Model?

The Glasgow Urban 3D Model consists of;

  • NEW: Light Detection & Ranging (LiDAR) data accuracy 4 points per meter.
  • A Photorealistic Model with fa├žade textures, that has an accuracy of +/- 20cm.
  • A Block model with a +/- 0.50m accuracy.

Glasgow City Council has procured Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data which enhances the current 3D Model from 2021. This data will work alongside the photorealistic and block data which was procured in 2017.

What are the Project Objectives?

The project responds to the Scottish Government vision for delivering services that are fit for the 21st century. The primary objectives of the project are:

  • To enhance the understanding of the built environment through the use of a 3D photo realistic representation of the city;
  • To improve the communication and consultation process within the planning system;
  • To provide a highly accurate visual tool in 3D to assist in the assessment of new development proposals to the public, elected members and planning officers alike;
  • To promote and showcase the regeneration of Glasgow; and
  • To improve the quality of all new developments on the ground.

How the Urban Model is being Used

See below some examples of how the Glasgow Urban Model is currently being used in liaison with the private sector for new city developments.

110 Queen Street Existing
110 Queen Street as existing
110 Queen Street Proposed
110 Queen Street as proposed
110 Queen Street Existing 2
110 Queen Street as existing
110 Queen Street Proposed 2
110 Queen Street as proposed

Mixed-use development which comprises 18, 227 square metres of shop, offices and restaurant floor space.

New Campus Glasgow

The New Campus Glasgow project brought together Glasgow's three city centre colleges to deliver world class learning on two campuses which form Glasgow City College.

George Square George Square example of flood testing.

The Urban Model data was used by the AAIB team (Air Accidents Investigation Branch/Department for Transport) to assist the investigation of the helicopter crash that occurred at the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow on 29 November 2013.

View The Urban Model

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Story Map

You can also view our 3D digital representation of City Centre and River Clyde corridor via our 3D Urban Model Story Map.  


The Urban Model has been showcased and presented at the following events:

  • 17-18 June 2010 - Politecnico di Milano - "Exploring Urban Change through visual and environmental simulations" International Seminar
  • 22-23 April 2009 - Glasgow - "Digital Documentation Conference" organised by Digital Design Studio and Historic Scotland.
  • 15-18 October 2008 - Rostov-On-Don, Russia - "The Construction-Architecture Forum."
  • 11-14 September 2008 - Venice, Biennale di Architettura


  • Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2009, Winner of the Development Management Award.
  • July 2009 - APSE Awards, Best Information and Communication Technology Initiative (Finalist).
  • 22 September 2007 - Winner of the Merchant City Festival Award for Innovation Specialising in Interactive Media, at the BAFTA Scotland night.

Tell us what you think

Please tell us what you think, we are keen to receive your feedback on the Glasgow Urban Model to:

Urban Model
Planning and Building Services
Glasgow City Council
231 George Street

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