Hello

I'm Leilei Duan

3D Enthusiastic

  • City Athens, GA
  • Contact lexieleileiduan at gmail dot com

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Hello, welcome to my little corner of the web!

I am a huge fan for everything 3D – from fixing a rubik’s cube to building 3D city models (physically with lego blocks, and virtually with computer). I am currently a part-time faculty sharing geospatial knowledge. On my spare time, you may find me exploring Georgia mountains on my motorcycle.

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Professional Skills

ArcGIS (Pro, Online, Urban, Indoor)
CityEngine
QGIS
SketchUp
Revit
Python
R
HTML5 & CSS

Education

2014 - 2018

Doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Florida

2017 - 2018

Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology

University of Florida

2011 - 2014

Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Florida

2007 - 2011

Bachelor's degree in Urban Management

East China University of Science and Technology

Work Experience

2024

Part-time Faculty

University of North Georgia

- Teach Physical Geography at the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA).

2023

GIS Project Coordinator

International Geodesign Collaboration

- Created and administrated the IGC website

- Participated in the development of the global research method

- Provided daily technical consultations for 84 IGC member agencies worldwide, with consultations spanning workflow implementation, geospatial data acquisition, local carbon emission calculation, data transfer across cloud platforms, public engagement, and data interpretation for decision-making

- Collaborated with Esri GeoPlanner and Geodesign team to develop and test the GeoPlanner and GeodesignHub templates.

2019 - 2023

Lecturer

University of Southern California

- Developed and taught the first required GIS course for the master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at USC. This course provides landscape architects with a complete GIS skill set, including data acquisition with survey, UAV, and LiDAR, data cleaning in ArcGIS Pro, data analysis and spatial data modeling in ArcGIS Pro, 3D data analysis in ArcGIS Pro, data integration between ArcGIS Pro, SketchUp, and BIM, and massive 3D data visualization in CityEngine.

- Collaborated with Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on using CityEngine to generate future urban forms for the Los Angeles area based on SCAG’s population and ridership prediction.

- Developed and taught various GIS-related courses including Principles in Geodesign, Global Geodesign and Stakeholder Engagement, Geospatial Technology Management for Sustainability Science, and GIS for Landscape Architecture.

- Taught GIS-related graduate and undergraduate courses, including Maps in Digital World, Concepts for Spatial Thinking, GIS Data Modeling and Analysis, and 3D Customization.

- Directed various master students’ theses with a wide range of topics, including GIS usage in urban design, street design, public engagement in geodesign, etc.

2018 - 2019

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

University of Southern California

- Directed technical lab sessions for GIS courses, including Geospatial Intelligence, Principles of Geographic Information Science, and Geospatial Modeling and Customization

2016

Student assistant

Esri User Conference

2016 - 2017

Campus Ambassador

Esri

2016

Transportation planning/ visualization intern

RS&H, Inc. (Tampa office)

- Created 3D models of the City of Tampa using CityEngine to support the Tampa Bay Expressway (TBX) project, provided GIS demographic data and built environment data analysis support.

2015

Transportation planning intern

RS&H, Inc. (Jacksonville office)

- Provided GIS analysis support for multiple projects, developed part of the GIS Technician Guide for RS&H, and hosted two Lunch and Learn events presenting new GIS techniques that can be applied to the current workflow.

2010

Transportation and environmental planning intern

Kunming City Planning Bureau

- Participated in green field planning of Panlong District

Featured Talks

Geodesign Summit 2023

A Multi-platform Workflow to Enhance Visual Impact Assessment in Geodesign Project

Presentation Recording

Geodesign Summit 2020

Procedural Modeling in Active Transportation (Bus, Bike, Walk) for City Sustainable Development

Presentation Recording

Geodesign Summit 2019

Generalised Procedural Rules for TOD & Urban Allocations

Presentation Recording

8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action

Using 3D Parametric Modeling to Understand the Future Growth of Cities: Simulating 3D Infill Allocation in the City of Tampa

Presentation Recording

Portfolio

A Multi-Platform Workflow to Enhance Visual Impact Assessment in Geodesign Project

3D Modeling

A Multi-Platform Workflow to Enhance Visual Impact Assessment in Geodesign Project

3D Modeling

3D view of richmond in web app

This project was presented at the Geodesign Summit 2023. We developed a web app to enhance the visual impact assessment using real-time web-based viewshed analysis, and 3D models generation to better evaluate the visual impact of new constructions.

Procedural Modeling in Active Transportation (Bus, Bike, Walk) for City Sustainable Development

3D Modeling

Procedural Modeling in Active Transportation (Bus, Bike, Walk) for City Sustainable Development

3D Modeling

This project was presented at the Geodesign Summit 2020. This project aimed to procedually generate large scale urban models based on ridership projections.

Generalizable Procedural Rules for TOD & Urban Allocations

3D Modeling

Generalizable Procedural Rules for TOD & Urban Allocations

3D Modeling

This project was presented at the Geodesign Summit 2019. This project aims to create CGA rules that can procedurally generate urban allocation models at large scales, reflecting the population allocation and the lots’ distance from transit stations.

My Interests

I’m a huge rubik’s cube fan and am always looking to better my skills.

  • Reading
  • Motorcycle
  • Movie
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Painting
  • Coffee time

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