What is CityEngine?

Esri CityEngine is a stand-alone software product that provides professional users in architecture, urban planning, entertainment, simulation, GIS, and general 3D content production with a unique conceptual design and modeling solution for the efficient creation of 3D cities and buildings.

CityEngine city example.
View conceptual representations of construction, based on common urban planning rules, such as setbacks, offsets, and maximum building heights.

More specifically, it allows users to:

  • Efficiently create 3D cities and buildings based on their existing 2D/3D GIS data

    Steps to creating a 3D city.
    Workflow to create 3D cities from existing 2D/3D GIS data

  • Maintain (modify/update) 3D city data

    Modify a building model.

  • Do conceptual Geodesign in 3D based on GIS data and (urban planning) procedural rules

    City design rules.

  • Save the changes directly to the geodatabase for further analysis

    Analysis of 3D building models in a city.

  • Share 3D City and Campus scenes through ArcGIS Online (browser-based)

    Sharing 3D cities.
    Sharing 3D cities.Sharing 3D cities

The software can be used either in isolation or as part of existing workflows, and it is an essential tool for anyone working with 3D urban environments, both real and imagined.

For more information, visit the Esri CityEngine website.

For workflows, tutorials, web scene examples, and more, look at our gallery: CityEngine Gallery.