Learn 3D with CityEngine!

In response to the growing demand in providing education and training to interested users around Esri’s cutting edge 3D software tool CityEngine, Esri Australia’s training team has recently developed a new training course- CityEngine 2014.

This training course has been designed to provide students who are about to begin constructing realistic models of 3D cities with some foundational knowledge of how CityEngine works, and how to use it to create models, import GIS data and publish their results on ArcGIS Online.


The CityEngine 2014 training course will also be of interest to those who are already CityEngine users, and have made their first steps in navigating this advanced 3D modelling software, guided by Esri Inc’s tutorials and exercises.

This training course is divided into three sections:

1. Introduction to CityEngine 2014.

In this section students will learn how to use the interface of the product set through the navigation shortcut keys, and will be introduced to CGA shape grammar.

2. CityEngine workflows

This section will guide students through the complete cycle of creating a 3D model of the city from scratch. Students will learn how to use GIS (vector and raster) data that they already have, how to make this data 3-D enabled and how to utilize Lidar data to generate elevation surfaces, which are then used in CityEngine as “terrain layers”.

Students will learn how to import GIS data, build basic 3D models (i.e. grow street models from the road graph and extrude building models from footprint polygons), and populate streets with additional models (i.e. people, cars, trees, buses etc).

This part of the course will also provide several examples of how to use the 3D model created in CityEngine in city planning applications (visualize proposed re-development), 3D analysis and reporting.

Practical exercises are based on the Redlands Redevelopment example provided by Esri Inc.

3. Modelling in CityEngine.

The final part of this training course will allow students to deep-dive into modelling routines. This part provides three exercises:

  • Manual modelling: creating relatively simple 3D models using editing tools
  • Mass modelling: creating mass models using CGA rules
  • Modelling facades: advanced CGA modelling to create realistically looking facades of landmark buildings.

The CityEngine course is composed of seven lessons, and you should expect to see and learn a lot from interactive demos, lectures, and practical exercises that will teach you how to use this cutting edge technology to build your own 3D cities.

You can view additional information on Esri Australia’s training page:  https://esriaustralia.com.au/course/cityengine-scd-692

Happy modelling!

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About Ivan E.

Russia-born geographer with a degree in Cartography and GIS with a 18-year Esri-related experience. Had been working for Esri Russia (CIS) then moved to Australia to join Esri Australia as support trainer in the Professional services dept. Area of expertise: ArcGIS Desktop software, 3D modelling (CityEngine), cartography, remote sensing

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