Launched in 2008, CityCAD was the first major
3D CAD application specifically designed for urban designers and
planners. It is an information-rich parametric tool for conceptual
masterplanning of sites from 1 hectare in size up to about 200
hectares. You can sketch a layout of streets, adjust the sizes of
buildings or the densities of blocks, and watch as CityCAD
automatically and instantaneously estimates quantities, dwelling
numbers, car parking requirements and much more.
CityCAD offers a quick and easy way of sketching urban masterplans in 3D. Junctions with simple kerb radii are automaticaly modelled where routes intersect. If you move roads, then adjacent urban blocks are automatically re-sized.
Here are some key features of "CityCAD":
CityCAD offers a range of sophisticated analysis features, giving you quantitative insights into your masterplan from the earliest conceptual design stages. You can create a custom library of land use types and apply these to building floors.
You can enter assumptions for electrical and other energy consumption, water use and refuse generation rates (per person, dwelling unit or unit of area) and total values are instantaneously calculated as you build and evolve your design.
CityCAD offers unique liveability analysis capabilities. For example it can warn you if some dwellings in your masterplan are located above a specified distance threshold from green spaces, bus stops or other defined features.
Create your own library of street types and apply them to routes in your model. Also keep track of movement engineering information such as vehicle and cycle parking spaces, parking requirements and trip generation.
You can add assumptions on build costs, land costs, sale values and capitalized rental values, and see how your project's bottom line changes as you evolve the design. Arrange your plan into phases to understand cash flow over time.
CityCAD has supported community engagement events including neighbourhood planning workshops and larger public events
CityCAD has been used by architects and local authorities to create information-rich models of proposed developments. Quantities can be easily extracted from these models to inform decisions.
We have prepared capacity studies, options analysis and related reports for local authorities, developers and other organizations.
CityCAD was used as the platform for the Carbon Critical masterplanning tool developed by Atkins in 2010. This was used on a major study of the cities of Mysore and Madurai in India.
CityCAD in education
CityCAD is used in many urban design and related engineering courses to teach design and explain the relationship between the form of cities and related quantities such as density
CityCAD was used to produce a preliminary conceptual masterplan of an Eco City, as part of a programme to bring development to the centre and south of the country.
- Images such as maps, sketches, plans or aerial photography can be imported and placed on the ground – you can then ‘trace’ your masterplan over this
- Route layouts and contextual features can be imported from DXF
- Data can be imported from Excel or CSV and mapped to objects such as buildings in your model
- Street centrelines and block outlines can be exported to DXF
- The whole CityCAD model can be exported as a 2D or 3D DXF
- A schedule of all buildings can be exported to Excel
- Headline data can be exported to a simple Word report
- Images of 3D views can be exported