ArcGIS CityEngine

ArcGIS CityEngine

Advanced 3D city design software

CityEngine is advanced 3D modelling software for creating huge, interactive and immersive urban environments in less time than traditional modelling techniques. The cities you create using CityEngine can be based on real-world GIS data or showcase a fictional city of the past, present or future.

Build entire 3D cities

Create a massive city all at once instead of modelling each building individually. CityEngine powers rapid adjustments to the architectural style or other features of your city so you can easily create multiple design scenarios.

Design urban environments

Make 3D models to show planned changes and alternate designs. Inform your designs with 3D representations of regulatory and land use conditions. Share multiple design alternatives with your team or stakeholders to gather feedback.

Master 3D content creation

CityEngine integrates smoothly with your current creation pipeline. Bring in your hero buildings or other assets to build 3D context around them. Export work back into your high-end visualisation software or game engines. Automate your workflows with procedural scripting and Python.

Bring your community vision to life

CityEngine helps you make quality decisions that will benefit your community for decades. Use it to develop creative and dynamic 3D visualisation experiences. CityEngine’s 3D visualisation power shows you project relationships, feasibility and implementation.

Build a city in five steps

Step one

Find your area of interest. Use ‘Get Map Data’ to import basemap and terrain data.

Step two

Add or sketch your streets, city blocks, and parcels.    

Step three

Move 2D data into 3D models. Add rooftops, furniture, vegetation, and other 3D assets.

Step four

Texturise your buildings and facades. Add more details to your 3D models.

Step five

Export your finished 3D city to the web, VR experiences, game engines or a geodatabase.


Urban Planning in Marseille

French construction and civil engineering company Eiffage uses CityEngine to create a compelling master plan and 3D visualisation in under two months.

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Integrated with ArcGIS

CityEngine is a stand-alone desktop application that can import any geospatial vector data to jumpstart your city creation. CityEngine fully supports the Esri file geodatabase (including textured multipatches) and Esri shapefile format. Connect CityEngine to ArcGIS Online to bring in 3D terrain data and basemaps and to publish your 3D scenes in the cloud.