A new technology developed by the US-based city developers firm City Gate is aimed at turning existing urban development into a way to build new and innovative urban spaces.
The firm, which was founded by US President Donald Trump, has built a system that uses geomagnetic sensors to track the movement of the earth’s magnetic field around cities, using geodetic data.
The system uses three-dimensional satellite imagery to determine the magnetic field at any given point in the city and then translates the data into a 3D map.
The software then uses a 3-D laser scanner to measure the position of the magnetic poles in the magnetic landscape and generate a digital map of the city.
City Gate says the system is the most sophisticated geodecoder on the market and the first that can produce accurate maps of a city.
But its use of a laser scanner has raised questions about whether the firm is being overly cautious with the data it collects and whether it’s doing enough to ensure its geodetics are accurate.
The city of Oakland, California, and other cities are looking at using the technology to build more robust buildings.
“The city will never be the same without the geodecahedron.
It’s the bedrock of cities, but it’s also the city that has the most to gain from this technology,” says Mayor Libby Schaaf.”
We are seeing this technology being used in the building of new cities all around the world, but we’ve got to have the proper tools and the proper testing.”
City Gate’s new system uses GPS and a geodict to track magnetic fields.
Geodict data from satellites and GPS satellites have long been used to measure and track the position and orientation of magnetic fields in Earth’s magnetic environment.
But it’s been difficult to use GPS satellites to measure a city’s magnetic fields because of the distance between the Earth and the satellites.
“That is, you need to be in the right place and have the right signal to the right location,” says Tom Paine, a professor of earth and space science at Arizona State University.
“It’s been extremely difficult for us to find the right geodata and get the right data,” he says.
Paine says GPS satellites, which have a resolution of just a few meters, are much more accurate than GPS satellites.
Geodesy, which is owned by Lockheed Martin, is used to create maps of the Earth’s surface.
“What they’re doing is creating a digital version of the real world and they’re using it in a way that it’s very robust,” Paine says.
“Geodetic maps are much better than satellite data because they’re very well calibrated to the data and they don’t change the location of a building.”
City Gates says it has successfully used geodicts to create a digital geodepth map of Oakland.
But it has also faced criticism from environmentalists who say the technology is a dangerous waste of precious geodust.
“There are two kinds of people that are going to be affected by this technology: the people who want to do this work or those that are just interested in creating this technology to be used in building cities,” Pane says.
The technology can be used for any building project that involves using geodesic maps to predict and plan how to build structures, or to track changes in the Earth magnetic field.
Geotransformation and the new technology have been used in several other cities, including San Francisco, Washington, DC, Austin, Texas and Dallas.
“This is not just an academic project.
It is going to have an impact on how we live, work and live our lives,” Schaaf says.
“This is going be very disruptive to cities and they are going in the wrong direction.”
Paine has also been critical of City Gate’s use of the GPS technology.
“I’ve been doing geodist work for decades and the last thing you need is a company to be building up buildings and trying to use this kind of technology to predict what will happen,” he said.
“You need to get the data right and have a system to be able to predict the magnetic fields.”
But others, including environmental campaigners, say the geomagnetics data is of limited value, because the system uses only three-quarters of the data available.
“If you want to understand a city, you can’t just look at the topography, you have to look at a lot of different areas and the geodesy is not going to help you,” says Paine.
“With GPS, you are going down to the street level, looking at a building and not knowing what’s happening in the streets.”
Geodetics is not the only geodesics technology being explored in the US.
In December, Google announced it was using geometrically based technologies to build an ultra-high-speed railway.