The city of Cambridge faces challenges with communicating the risks of climate change (and related flooding) to the public. The 2D projections currently produced don't let you experience and visualize the possible scenarios in your area.

What it does

We build an accurate and interactive 3D model of the City of Cambridge, that projects potential flood conditions and their effects on the city. Users can search by address or browse freely, and can adjust the severity of the flooding to view the differing effects on their homes and businesses.

How we built it

We accessed the ESRI Shapefiles from the City of Cambridge and transformed them into KMZs, then integrated them with Google Earth satellite imagery. Based on data and projections provided by the City of Cambridge, we then added graphic representations of accurate flood levels for various possible scenarios.

Challenges we ran into

Accessing accurate data and ensuring we can build a working prototype in the short timeframe.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Showing the accurate visualisation of potential flood scenarios in an immersive 3D experience, customisable by address.

What we learned

ESRI CityEngine, integration with Google Earth data

What's next for CityConnect

Conversion to VR files for a more immersive experience that can be shared with the public, increasing community awareness and understanding of flood risk and emergency preparedness. Increased functionality and integration with additional platforms- such as issuing flood warnings and evacuation orders to users based on their location, using Nexmo SMS alerts and PubNub Geofencing.

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