Special Issue "Digital Twins and Land Administration Systems"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Davood Shojaei
Guest Editor
Lecturer, Centre for SDIs and Land Administartion, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, VIC, Australia
Interests: digital twins; 3D visualisation; land administration; BIM; property management; semantic visualisation
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard
Guest Editor
Director, Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, VIC, Australia
Interests: SDI; land administration; BIM; 3D visualisation; digital engineering; UN SDGs; spatial urban data analytics
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Prof. Jacynthe Pouliot
Guest Editor
Vice Dean Research, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada
Interests: 3D modeling; application in 3D cadastre; integration of geospatial data; geospatial information system; 3D visualisation
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Dr. Ali Aien
Guest Editor
Research Associate, Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, VIC, Australia
Interests: 3D modelling; 3D data capturing; digital twins; augmented reality; mobility and transportation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land administration practices are impacted by digital innovations which are reshaping society, the economy, and lifestyle. For instance, pairing the virtual and physical worlds and having interrelated building and city assets throughout the Internet of things (IoT) have resulted in the concept of digital twins. The development of digital twins using advanced technologies and solutions can provide planners, architects, designers, surveyors, engineers, and property managers with a unique opportunity to solve land administration challenges and problems in complex urban environments. Open data availability, open source visualization platforms, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), advanced 3D data capturing technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the IoT support the creation of digital twins to represent the real world more completely and adaptively for various use cases, such as land administration.

The ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information has launched a Special Issue to collect the current state-of-the-art and future directions of land administration and digital twins. This Special Issue encourages the submission of pure basic research as well as applied research papers aligned with the following scope.


  • Modern land administration systems;
  • 3D cadastre research experiences (data capturing, modelling, validation, visualisation and storage);
  • 3D cadastre implementation;
  • Digital twins concept and framework;
  • Digital twins research and development;
  • Digital twins implementation;
  • Digital twins and 3D cadastre integration.

Dr. Davood Shojaei
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard
Prof. Jacynthe Pouliot
Dr. Ali Aien
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • 3D cadastre
  • Digital twins
  • Land administration
  • Smart cities
  • Digital cadastre
  • Land and property management
  • 3D visualisation technologies
  • Rights, restrictions, responsibilities (land and property)
  • Building information modelling
  • Cadastre modernisation
  • Spatial decision support system
  • Land (use) regulations
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Urban analytics and planning
  • Geographic information systems
  • Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, and blockchain
  • Standardisation
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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