Contemporary cities have grown extraordinarily complex and are described and analysed through an increasing variety of social, economic and environmental data in different dimensions. This course provides fundamentals for understanding and using 3D spatial data to be able to solve problems and improve the way in which we live. 


Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture


Built Environment

Delivery Mode





75 hours




What will I learn?

3D modelling is a critical component for visualising, analysing and understanding the built environment. This course provides the basic knowledge on object representations (vector and voxel), data structures, file formats, databases, approaches to create 3D models and tools for analysis and visualisation.

New 3D tools have been created to cope with the large availability of urban data and models, make sense of it and  report it to varied audiences in a meaningful and appealing way. 3D innovative interactive and digital maps are changing city design and planning by providing more elaborated analysis and simulations, and convincing impressions. Understanding of what kind of data structures, system architectures and software tools are needed is an asset for anybody working in the field of built environment disciplines. 

The course will develop skills in relevant 3D computer technologies and support Professionals to critically assess the process and role 3D modelling has in built environment.

How will I learn?

This course will be delivered online and combines lectures, practicums, and self-study. It will include both synchronous and asynchronous study.

Total duration is 75 hours, including self-study.

Who should take this course?

This course is appropriate for both professionals and students with no programming experience from different disciplines such as architecture, landscape, urban planning, building and construction, and surveying. 

Regular registration is priced at $2,000.00

As a faculty, we are committed to ensuring our short courses are accessible to individuals or groups who are experiencing financial disadvantage. Discounted registration prices are available. Please contact the ADA Short Courses team via email at if you would like to discuss discount rates. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case bases.

Who is leading this course?

Course Convener

Professor Sisi Zlatanova graduated as a surveyor at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Bulgaria) and obtained a PhD degree on 3D GIS for Urban Development at the Graz University of Technology (Austria). She worked as a software programmer at the Central Cadastre (Bulgaria) and has held academic positions at UACG (Bulgaria), the Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC, the Netherlands), Graz University of Technology (Austria), Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) and Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies (Russia). Professor Zlatanova joined the University of New South Wales in January, 2018.

Professor Sis Zlatanova supervises master and PhD students on topics related to 3D spatial modelling and analysis. Her recent research concentrates on 3D Indoor modelling and navigation. She is an author and co-author of more than 300 papers and had edited and co-edited 23 books. Professor Zlatanova has been involved in the work of several international organisations and is the president of ISPRS TC IV on Spatial Information science, the treasurer of UDMS and a co-chair of OGC SWG IndoorGML. She has been actively participating in the organisation of conferences such as Gi4DM, UDMS, 3D GeoInfo, Indoor3D and summer schools.


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