On November 17, 2021, the World Smart Cities Awards were presented at the Smart City World Expo and Congress in Barcelona. This prestigious international competition annually recognizes groundbreaking projects, ideas and strategies that make cities around the world more livable, sustainable and economically viable.
The Best Enabling Technologies category recognizes the most innovative and successful projects implemented and developed in the fields of data and technology.
The winner in this category – the Digital Urban European Twins (DUET) project – is a European innovation initiative that leverages the advanced capabilities of cloud, sensor data and analytics in the form of digital twins to make decision-making in the public sector more democratic and effective.
Virtual City Systems is one of the 15 different partners from all over Europe that have been working closely together in the project for two years.
We are very happy for all those involved and for the project cities and regions Flanders (Belgium), Athens (Greece) and Pilsen (Czech Republic) about this outstanding recognition.
- DUET at Virtual City Systems
- Video of the award ceremony World Smart City Awards 2021 (DUET from minute 03:36)
- Press release DUET about the World Smart City Award
- Application examples DUET
Save the date | November 9 and 10, 2021
Virtual Workshop 3D City Models with current topics such as the new CityGML 3.0 standard
Registration deadline for this year’s free event is November 5, 2021
This year’s 3D City Models Workshop of the Commission 3D City Models of the DGfK and the DGPF will take place for the first time as an online event.
The main topics are the new CityGML 3.0, the processing of 3D meshes as well as traffic and energy topics. Among others, Dr. Claus Nagel from Virtual City Systems will present the new OGC standard CityGML 3.0 and Nicco Hagedorn from ASAM e.V. will talk about ASAM OpenDRIVE and ASAM OpenX as formats for traffic simulation.
In addition, contributions from the field with municipal applications and simulations will complement the program. As an example, the initiative “Digital Twin” of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen will be presented by Dr. Sarah Tesmer. In the field of simulation, Armin Gebhard from the Ministry of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia will report on the SIRIUS research project, which is used to create hazard analyses for explosive ordnance disposal on the basis of simulations in the 3D city model.
November 9 and 10, 2021 | Registration deadline is November 5, 2021
virtual online event, free of charge
Users, producers and refiners of 3D city models | Public authorities, companies and universities
Commission & Working Group 3D City Models of the German Society for Cartography and Geomatics and the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation.
Save the date | October 20, 2021
Webinar on Virtual 3D Road Space Models for Mobility Innovations
The webinar will provide insights into the current development of the open standards ASAM OpenDRIVE and OGC CityGML, the creation of Ultra HD Maps and the linking of urban and streetscape models for networked applications.
The paradigm shift in regional and global mobility behavior is associated with major challenges. Highly detailed, up-to-date, and valid models of the road space form the link between mobility application and 3D city model. How can models from both worlds be merged in cross-linked applications and simulations?
In our webinar we will give you an insight into the current development around the standards ASAM OpenDRIVE and OGC CityGML. As one of the leading experts in kinematic surveying of transport networks, our partner 3D Mapping Solutions will report on the surveying of road spaces and the creation of high-precision reference maps (Ultra HD Maps).
ASAM e.V., as the organization responsible for further development, will explain details of the OpenDRIVE standard and give an outlook on how it fits into the Operational Design Domain specification (ASAM OpenODD).
Finally, Virtual City Systems will bridge the gap between the CityGML and OpenDRIVE standards and show practical examples of how city models and street space models can be combined.
Date: Wednesday, Oktober 20, 2021
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
The speakers are:
Nicco Hagedorn, Global Technology Manager, ASAM e.V.
Dr.-Ing. Gunnar Gräfe, Managing Direktor, 3D Mapping Solutions GmbH
Maximilian Sindram, Business Development Manager, Virtual City Systems
Dr. Stefan Trometer, Managing Director, Urban Simulation, Virtual City Systems
September 17, 2021
Online Certificate Course “Simulation od Automated Vehicles”
The nine-month online course starts in November 2021 at the ENVITED academy
Turning the vision of autonomous driving into reality requires a fundamental digital transformation which forces engineers to face multidimensional and interdisciplinary challenges. Based on computer simulation as a key technology, agile, cross-company and cross-national digital processes are required. This places new demands on the working methods and knowledge of simulation experts.
The ENVITED acadamy certificate course “Simulation of Automated Vehicles” provides a comprehensive overview and cross-disciplinary context of a data-driven simulation process for the virtual development and validation of automated vehicles.
Four interactive modules structure the course:
Module A: Overview and Virtual 3D Environments
Module B: Sensors
Module C: Scenarios & Driving Functions
Module D: Virtual Test & Certification
Development and software engineers, project managers, business developers and career changers with university entrance qualification or corresponding professional qualification
120 training hours from November 2021 to July 2022 | minimum of 10 participants
Location and language
online | English
Twenty lecturers from science (TU Darmstadt, TU Munich, DLR Institute of Transportation Systems) and business (BMW, Audi, 3D Mapping Solutions, dSpace and many more) share their application-oriented expertise. Virtual City Systems is also represented with Maximilian Sindram, who will teach on the topic of “City Models”.
Those who are interested are invited to submit their applications.
Save the date | September 30, 2021
Webinar on the Use of Flood Maps in the 3D City Model
Digital Twins for Flood Resilience – Preparing for Climate Change
How do you visualize the impact of flooding in such a way that experts and policymakers have a shared understanding?
By visualizing and sharing flood maps in a 3D Digital Twin a larger audience is reached and enhances awareness on climate changes. Virtual City Systems, Future Insights, and Nelen & Schuurmans have started working together on this flood resilience challenge.
In this webinar, we like to share our recent experiences with you and give practical insights on how to simulate flooding caused by rainfall or rivers, and visualize and share flooding scenarios in a 3D Digital Twin. Together we want to lower the threshold to create well-defined decisions for the future!
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 10 to 12 a.m.
The speakers are:
Jonas van Schrojenstein Lantman, Produktmanager, 3Di, Nelen & Schuurmans
Rick Klooster, CCO, Future Insight
Stefan Trometer, Geschäftsführer, Urban Simulation, Virtual City Systems
Trade Fair from September 21 to 23, 2021
Meet us live at INTERGEO 2021 in Hannover, Germany
Find the Virtual City Systems team in hall 23, booth 23A.16
Following the purely digital INTERGEO 2020, this year’s INTERGEO 2021 will once again open its doors live at the Hannover Exhibition Center. With a hybrid concept of exhibition stands and live experiences in the exhibition halls on the one hand and digital offerings on the web on the other, INTERGEO has been adapted to the pandemic circumstances.
Virtual City Systems will be represented live from September 21 to 23 with booth 23A.16 in hall 23. Taking into account the hygiene concept of the fair organizer and the necessary precautionary measures, we will be happy to advise you in detail and personally. Ask us your questions about Smart City or Smart Region, digital urban planning and urban simulations based on 3D city models.
Feel free to send us a short message if we may send you voucher codes for free tickets.
July 12, 2021
Second turn for certificate course “Digital Twins for Cities”
After successful launch in March 2021, the course will be offered again in 2022 at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.
The digital twin is becoming increasingly important as a virtual image of urban structures and elements. Supplemented by data from a variety of sources, it can provide up-to-date information and forecasts at any time and show them in comprehensible and understandable visualizations.
The continuing education program “Digital Twins for Cities” at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, which is now being offered for the second time, combines the fields of digital building (BIM) and digital urban modeling (CityGML) with innovative analysis and simulation methods in its interdisciplinary approach. In addition, practical application scenarios from municipalities and cities provide many impulses for the participants’ own, individual context.
The program was developed in cooperation with the Leonhard Obermeyer Center of TUM, CADFEM, Virtual City Systems, the DGNB Academy and the Bavarian Chamber of Architects.
Specialists and managers with at least 2 years of professional experience in the fields of urban planning and architecture, smart city, surveying and geoinformation
2 modules on 5 days in March 2022 | max. 20 participants
Munich | online
further information and registration
Digital Twins for Cities – TUM Executive & Professional Education
By the way, our customers receive a 10% discount on the participation fees.
Save the date | September 23, 2021
Davos Digital Forum 2021 – Smart Cities Around the World
Dr. Stefan Trometer – Director Business Development at VCS – as expert in the workshop on the current Smart City development in Germany
The Davos Digital Forum on September 23, 2021, will offer a total of 16 workshops with presentations and direct exchange with experts in the field of digitization of cities and regions.
The topics are broad and show solutions from a total of eight countries. They range from electronically supported government work in Switzerland and the digital transformation in Oman to the establishment of e-clinics in Pakistan in order to retain well-trained female doctors and nurses in the public healthcare system even after they have started their own families.
The “Trend Report Germany” workshop, which will be led by the editor of the information portal urban-digital.de, Dimitri Ravin, will focus on the topics of governance structures, changement processes in administrations and SMEs, and new approaches to citizen participation.
In this workshop, starting at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Stefan Trometer will talk about digital twins and their application for urban development and present interesting use cases.
Save the date | September 15, 2021
Inspiration around the products of Virtual City Systems
Digital User Meeting UC 2021 on September 15, 2021
In September 2021, we will continue our successful annual user meeting to present the latest exciting uses of our products to our customers – in municipal applications, from the field of research and development and in networking with our partner companies.
The focus of the varied program of keynote speeches, communicative breaks and workshops is on direct exchange with and between the participants. The event offers the ideal opportunity to share experiences with VC Suite, learn from other examples and use cases, and discuss development ideas together.
There is also a suitable place for casual conversations between the participants and the VCS team during the breaks – the digital VC Kantine.
Invitations have been sent to customers and partner companies. If you have not yet received an invitation, please contact us. Contact
Save the date | July 7, 2021 (DE) and July 21, 2021 (EN)
Webinar on the VC Suite 2021 release
This spring, we released VC Suite 2021. Many new functions are now available to our customers, which we would like to present in a live demo.
Our speakers Tim Wendt (Head of Customer Support) and Emanuel Brehm (Sales & Marketing) offer two dates, for one presentation in German and one in English.
in German language
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
in English language
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Register here for the desired presentation!
Save the date | July 7, 2021
AGIT 2021 – re.connecting spatially
Antje Kunze – Director Sales & Marketing at VCS – on July 7 as Keynote Speaker of the Hybrid Event AGIT Symposium & EXPO
AGIT is the annual meeting point for innovation, networking and continuing education from all areas of geoinformatics. Intensive knowledge exchange between research, development, industry and application as well as the resulting interdisciplinary discussions characterize the communicative nature of the event.
On July 7, 11 a.m., Antje Kunze from Virtual City Systems together with Pascal Müller from Esri R&D Center Zurich will open the extensive program around georeferenced technologies as keynote speakers.
We are very much looking forward to Antje’s presentation “The Digital Twin in Planning and Construction” and to an exciting symposium on the most important topics of our industry.