PID Turin 1.0
Ultramundum Foundation has produced, with the sponsorship of Turin city Council, the
virtual model (P.I.D) of the cities of Turin, Grugliasco, Collegno, Rivoli, Pianezza,
Nichelino, Settimo and Caselle.
The model allows for the free interactive and three-dimensional exploration of all the
area on a standard personal computer. The PID is completely open source and its Tabulae
(the basic elements of the technology) are freely accessible and modifiable by everybody.
Turin its the first large city to have a complete public three-dimensional model
explorable in real time.
Until today, only portions of cities or small towns have been modelled with
technologies like the one used, due to the prohibitively huge amount of data to process to
generate a three-dimensional model of an area with hundreds of thousands of buildings,
like the one of Turin and its surroundings.
The Turin city PID allows for exploration on a standard personal computer with a modern
video card. Esoteric hardware is not necessary.
Thanks to the patented UltraPeg technology, the Turin PID offers an interactive fly on
all the city and allows for a descent to ground level in any street to walk among the
buildings. Getting altitude the speed increases accordingly to allow for an exploration
experience easy and really natural.
Every city building is present, with a prism precisely defining the ground perimeter
and height. In this way the volume is perfectly modelled.
In this first step, precise models with high realism of some important city monument
have been inserted. In the second phase, now in process, each building will be modelled in
The Turin city Council traffic department has inserted olympic venues to allow for
their visualization, inside the entire city. Suggested paths from outside toward this
venues are represented too. In this way the PID will be used for the first time in the
city promotion before and during the winter olympic event.
The product will be available for download from the Turin city Council official web
Many other uses are possible and will be presented, with applications in the fields of
projects making and planning, of tourism, of study and promotion of the city image.
The PID is not a closed software, but a platform that can be used in many different
fields and can be expanded and modified at will.
All the software is open and accessible and/or modifiable by everybody. All data will
be published into the Foundation software archive with complete documentation.
Any Tabula, the data structure at the root of Ultramundum Foundation's UltraPeg
technology, can hold multiple data types. For the Turin city model, informations on
buildings positions, root maps, olympic areas placements and specific schematics have been
imported from Autocad files and other databases.
The Autocad file importer, called UltraTools, allows for fast and almost automatic
acquisition of public databases, converted in a very short time to three-dimensional
elements. All these data can then be explored in real-time.
The Foundation can arrange interactive demonstrations on request, because this product
can not be freely distributed yet.