What is Esri CityEngine?

Blog Post created by geonetadmin on Mar 22, 2012
I am sure many of you have already heard about CityEngine, and some of you may have even already contacted Support Services with questions related to it. For those who haven't been introduced, CityEngine is a stand-alone software product that provides professional users in architecture, urban planning, entertainment, GIS and general 3D content production with a unique conceptual design and modeling solution for creating 3D cities and buildings. It allows professional users in GIS, CAD and 3D to do the following:
  • Quickly generate 3D cities from existing 2D GIS data.
  • Do conceptual design in 3D, based on GIS data and procedural rules.
  • Efficiently model virtual 3D urban environments for simulation and entertainment.

CityEngine screenshots of Rotterdam

CityEngine also provides advanced capabilities for the direct export of the generated 3D city models out to other software tools, such as data management/analysis packages (like ArcGIS), 3D editing software (like Maya or 3DS Max), geo-visualization tools (like ArcGlobe or Google Earth), game engines (like Unity or Unreal), high-end rendering solutions (such as RenderMan), or web-ready cloud rendering services (like RealityServer).

If you work with 3D data, I would strongly recommend trying out CityEngine. You can start by downloading the CityEngine Free 30-day Trial. If you would like to know more about CityEngine, please contact us or review the information on the linked pages below.
If you are already using CityEngine and have ideas to further enhance the product, please post your ideas at CityEngine Ideas portal and/or post your comments at CityEngine Forums.Pavan Y. - Raster Unit Development Technical Lead