Monthly Archives: November 2013

Digital Innovations in Planning

Having recently moved into the our swanky new offices in the Inovo Building on George Street, we decided to welcome guests to our new home by hosting an afternoon seminar ‘Digital Innovations in Planning’ and evening  reception.

Guest Speakers Perspectives

The afternoon event on was a forum style structure and format designed to engage planners and professionals with leaders in digital innovation. Digital Innovation in Planning as a topic is undergoing change drivers from many directions.

We were delighted to host guest speakers to talk about their own digital perspectives from The Scottish Government and The Crown Estate.


Ian Marchant, after stepping down from SSE has invested his time in helping Scotland become a more digital economy through the rise of disruptive technology. Ian was our host for the afternoon and provided the opening and closing remarks.

Mike Neilson, as Director of Digital at the Scottish Government set the agenda for change at a national policy level and articulated how today’s drivers directly affect the processes and influence inevitable change through equivalency.  To understand how offshore and onshore planning collaboration comes together for local and national infrastructure projects.

Dorothy Shepherd from The Crown Estate spoke on digital collaboration and efficiency with the new renewable offshore consents and how they interact with onshore planning.

Finally, our very own Crispin Hoult presented a new vision of visualisation for local authorities that demonstrates how mobile working can save time and improves consultations, based on our experiences in managing other projects including the ePlanning initiative.

You can view the presentations by our guest speakers here:

I would like to thank everyone who attended our afternoon event, it was fantastic to see so many industry leaders in the same room – and allowing us the chance to present a new insight into our industry and how ‘Digital Changes Everything’.

Evening Reception

Our evening reception was an incredible success, and on behalf of our team; thank you to those you dropped by to help us celebrate the new home of Linknode. It was great to have the opportunity to meet so many of you face to face and it was fantastic to receive such support from friends, colleagues, customers and partners.

I Would Go 5000 Miles

Conference Roundup
With the end of the Autumn conference and exhibition season approaching Linknode staff have travelled a cumulative total of 5000 miles across the UK recently.

From Liverpool to Cardiff and Birmingham to York, here are some of the highlights:

RenewableUK (Birmingham)
The RenewableUK exhibition and show at the NEC is one of the largest energy shows in the country. Linknode were present to display the new features of VentusAR v1.2 and to preview some of the new enhancements requested by our customers and partners. Watch this space for details on the new v1.3 release coming later in November.
It was great to catch up with existing contacts and meet new faces in the industry. Innovation is still developing and we are proud to be part of the green energy economy supply chain. We also got to see the National motorcycle Museum for the evening social. Congratulations to our winner of the Jura whisky.

Museums Association (Liverpool)
With just time for a change of presentation media we were back down the M74 and M6 to Liverpool for the annual Museums Association exhibition and conference at the BT Convention Centre on The Albert Docks.
MA 2013 was all about HistoryLens for Linknode. Being able to demonstrate GPS-based position triggered outreach and discovery apps for engagement and exploration across mobile platforms sparked immediate recognition and interest amongst all our visitors. Content integration with apps is high on the agenda for custodians and HistoryLens showed that highlighting to a digital demographic doesn’t have to be just another museum app; location and content can be perfectly married for accessibility.
Phil Redmond hosted the evening at The Museum of Liverpool with a passionate call to support the cultural economy locally and nationally.

AGI Showcase North (York)
With all our geospatial augmented reality solutions having foundations in spatial data management the Association of Geographic Information (AGI) events remain consistent in our calendars. The North (northern England!) event at the Food and Environmental Research Agency (FERA) was well attended.
With the recent privatisation of the Post Office, the best presentation of the day was given by a passionate Dr Robert (Bob) Barr from Manchester Geomatics on the history, value and demise of the national address gazetteer as a publically owned (and potentially open) definitive dataset for the UK.
Linknode presented on the requirements for, and uses of OpenData and other sources for GIality, showing some novel visualisations and creating discussion and debate.

Next stop, Cardiff in a fortnight…