I get asked this question a lot, I’m not sure why people can’t find the relevant sections on the Esri website! So here it is…
- Esri CityEngine 2018.x system requirements : http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/cityengine/latest/get-started/esri-cityengine-system-requirements.htm
I also get asked what PCs I run CityEngine myself, so here goes my list:
- Asus Transformer Pro 3 (i5, 4GB RAM intel graphics card) – Works okay for small projects, I like using it for creating rule files ‘on the road’. If you want bigger city models don’t use this.
- Razer Blade 15″ – (i7 8th Gen, 16GB RAM, 1060 GTX Nvidia) This is a fantastic games PC but also practically a desktop replacement, a new purchase for me but good for most things I would throw at my desktop.
- Chillblast (i7, 32GB RAM,1070 GTX Nvidia) It’s the RAM that makes this great really and has the edge over my new laptop. Oh and I have 2 24inch screens attached.
- I really recommend a 3DConnexion SpaceMouse (any of them) as well for all that 3D work
- SketchUp is still a must have for all those fiddly details, CityEngine+SketchUp are perfect companions applications
- As to 3D software renders? Well that depends on you! Small models you could use the numerous render plugins for SketchUp. But for reall professional stuff think SideFX Houdini which has a nice open source plugin called Palladio which you can get here on github. I hear AutoDesk Maya and 3DS Max are good too.
- For game engines you can’t ignore Unreal Studio as there is export functions in CityEngine now. But don’t discount Unity for its wealth of help and support communities.