VentusAR welcomes Gillespies Landscape Architects

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We are delighted that Gillespies, a forward thinking, UK based Landscape Architect practice, have signed up to use VentusAR within their organisation.

After an evaluation of the tools on the market, Gillespies selected VentusAR as a suitable addition to their tools for landscape assessment and visualisation. This software will particularly help with the Grid and Building projects work they are currently undertaking.

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About VentusAR

VentusAR is the only mobile visualisation tool to provide real world visualisations from where you are. Take the iPad or Android tablet any where and it will show how the view will be affected by the building of a project. Use it to inform assessment, produce high quality visualisation and better engage the public. To find out more about how VentusAR can save you time and money on landscape assessment project contact hello@ventusar.com

Testing the Location Tracking in UrbanPlanAR

UrbanPlanAR shows a planned building development that has not yet been built. If a developer was going to put an office building in the view below, what would it look like? How visible would it be? Would that be acceptable or is the visual impact too great?

We use accurate localisation technology (built by the experts at Heriot Watt) to get a location and look direction for the iPad. Part of this approach uses computer vision techniques to identify what can be seen by the camera on the iPad and find a location from what can be seen.

UrbanPlanAR Testing

Out testing localisation in UrbanPlanAR at the Lyle Centre at Heriot Watt University

This is a new product we are going to launch early 2017. At the moment we are in the testing phases where we are trying the software in a variety of different locations and urban areas. If you would like to be involved in the development of UrbanPlanAR, then we are looking for partners. Read our Call for Data and Invitation to Participate (or just drop us an email hello@urbanplanar.com).

A Cold Crisp Morning Testing

What a lovely morning to do some VentusAR testing. The car was frozen so once it was scraped and I could see it was off to the Campsie’s to test the new iPad Pro 9. Everything looks good, so I thought I would share some photos of the sun on the frosty hill side (and how the Terrain5 wireline still lines up with the hillside giving me confidence in what VentusAR is showing).

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Photo of Dumglass

Wireline view created with OS Terrain 5 data

Matching wireline created with OS Terrain 5 data

VentusAR 5.1 Released

Today we released VentusAR v5.1 into the app stores.

The release includes many new features, bug fixes and performance improvements across Wind, Grid, Solar and Building domains. These include umbrella’s showing the extents of cumulative wind projects, advanced lighting controls and support for Netherlands projects.

Cumulative Umbrellas

The cumulative umbrella’s show the spread and distance of any cumulative projects shown in the visualisation. These are shown on tablet screen and on PDF output.

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Umbrella’s showing Cumulative Project Extents

Advanced Lighting Controls

New controls have been added to allow users to change the lighting intensity and direction to produce a more realistic lighting effect in the photomontage. These controls are available in a separate tab called ‘advanced’ on the lighting control panel.

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Advanced Lighting Controls

Further information and full details of the other features in VentusAR 5.1 can be found in the release notes for iPad, Android and the Portal

If you have any queries regarding these new features, or you would like to chat further about how VentusAR can help you with your visualisations, please give us a call on 0141 559 6170 or email hello@ventusar.com 

How Building is Going Digital

Today, I saw an article on the BBC news site about how the building business is going digital. I want to pick up on a few key points that are made in this article and to highlight how UrbanPlanAR can be used either as a design tool or a communication tool to show what project will look like. If you haven’t read the article it’s available on the BBC website

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A Better Camera – Using External Photography in VentusAR

Sometimes the iPad camera just doesn’t cut it. Especially if you have over £1000 worth of Cannon EOS camera sitting on your desk.  In this blog post we will walk you through the process of uploading and calibrating DSLR photography to provide a better quality visualisation. Here is an example of the photomontage output created from a DSLR photograph for a single building project.

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iOS 10 Released

Today iOS 10 has been released. We have tested VentusAR 5.0 with iOS 10 on the iPad Air, Air2 and Pro and everything seems to be working perfectly.

logodeios10The main difference I think that VentusAR customers will see is the new way of unlocking the tablet: instead of swiping right on the lock screen, you now press the home button to unlock. There are loads of other new features that have been added into iOS 10, you can find a full list at apple’s website.

We recommend everyone updates to iOS 10 to take advantage of the new features and security updates included in this release.

Showing Conductor Wires in VentusAR Grid projects

Easily the most eye catching part of a grid development are the conductor wires that join the towers together. As the lines are long and linear, they draw the eye in and therefore appear more noticeable.

Power lines by the Allt Phocaichain. © Copyright Craig Wallace

Power lines by the Allt Phocaichain. © Copyright Craig Wallace

 

The ability to view conductor wires on new development visualisations is something our clients have asked about a few times as it helps them to communicate the effect of transmission lines better.

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A few weeks ago we added support for showing these conductors on wirelines and photomontages (including the SNH compliant PDFs) created through VentusAR. Conductors are shown as a thin grey line joining the connection points on the tower or wood pole model.

To Enable Conductors on Grid project

If you would like to enable conductors on your organisation setup, please contact us at hello@linknode.co.uk.

Once support for wireline is added, it will show on all photomontages or wirelines produced using VentusAR.

Conductor wires are available for all grid 3D models we have produced and made available in VentusAR (read more about them in our post from earlier this year).

The order the models should be joined is defined in the portal using the sort order column on the layout version page, changing the order using the up and down arrows. The conductor lines will be drawn to join each tower in order.

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Results

We think the results look really good – the thin grey lines make the conductors look good in the landscape. This approach is what some of our customers are already doing on the visualisations they create.

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Photomontage with the conductor lines shown

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Wireline shown with conductor lines shown

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53.5° wireline (produced to SNH specifications) – Full file: Bogbain_Dumrossie_B9177

 

 

VentusAR 5.0 Released

We are delighted to announce that this morning we released VentusAR v5.0 into the app stores.

The release includes many new features across Wind, Grid, Solar and Building domains. The new features make the assessment and visualisation process on iPad or Android quicker and more efficient. To highlight a few: we have added new modes for displaying models, the ability to add multiple traces to a capture and introduced an improved, streamlines render output process.

Display Modes for Models

We have added new modes for displaying models – as classic models, in block colour (with no lighting / shadows) and as outlines.

  • The colours help to distinguish building types
  • The outline / transparency helps to show what is behind the development
  • This helps assessment process to understand how development fits in the environment
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Block colour mode

Outline mode

Outline mode

Model mode

Model mode

 

 

 

 

Adding Multiple Traces to Gallery Photographs

You can now add multiple traces to a capture, for example, removing multiple areas of foreground (hedges etc). This produces more realistic visualisations as the model appears to be within the image and not superimposed on top.

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3D model in Wireline Mode

Models shown on top of photograph

Multiple traces areas defined

Final Render – the buildings are shown in the photograph

 

Streamlined Render Process

We have improved the render process to ensure users can select all the options they want
– making output render production process quicker.

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Further information and full details of the other features in VentusAR 5.0 can be found in the release notes for iPad, Android and the Portal

If you have any queries regarding these new features, or you would like to chat further about how VentusAR can help you with your visualisations, please give us a call on 0141 559 6170 or email hello@ventusar.com