In our previous blog we introduced the VentusAR cumulative data service and described just how big the dataset is. Now I guess you’re now wondering how you get access to it?
It’s simple, and can save you time, effort and money in your everyday work.
As a VentusAR customer, you already have the tools to allow you to view a summary of the cumulative projects within the National Dataset. Full access to the details and a snapshot update are available at a small cost.
Now, non-VentusAR app customers can also access the data by signing up as a Cumulative Data User (portal-only, no app), please contact us for more information.
So, where to start? At the Portal login as usual, select the project you want to assess the cumulative impact on, and navigate to the ‘Cumulative’ tab.
Here you can:
- View any ‘Organisational’ Cumulative Projects you have set up within the portal
- View the Free Summary from the National Dataset
- Request a Snapshot of the Project Area (remember, a Snapshot is a time-stamped update of the cumulative projects following our search and refresh process)
- View your Snapshot Data
The free summary shows the number of cumulative projects found within the range set by the user (i.e. 30km), they are organised by project stage.
You can change the search range by navigating to Edit Project page and entering the specific radius you require in the Cumulative Search Radius field. This enables different searches to be quickly and easily previewed for summary counts before ordering a Snapshot. The National Database is refreshed every two months.
Requesting a Snapshot
To ensure the data is up-to-date for a particular project, each Snapshot delivery is validated and refreshed individually for all the Cumulative Data within your project radius.
The charges for this service are worked out by the number of projects found within your search area. The Portal will show you how much you will be charged, and youcan review before committing. You must agree to our data usage and pricing terms.
To request the Snapshot, click the Request Snapshot button.
Once you have agreed to terms and ordered a Snapshot, instant access is provided to full details within the National Dataset for the project area. This includes project name and location, turbine information (locations, sizes and models) and planning application number.
(Remember, the national dataset extract may be up to two-months out of date so should not be used for planning submissions).
An up-to-date Snapshot refresh will be provided within 5 – 7 working days of order. This includes project name and location, turbine information (locations, sizes and models) and planning application number. The snapshot will be delivered directly to your project within the Portal, and will replace the extract from the National Dataset. The Snapshot provides up to date details of nearby projects, so may be used for planning submissions.
Additional metadata is included in the snapshot to show the source source and date retrieved to provide an auditable trail of cumulative data.
Viewing the Cumulative Data within the App
You can view the Free Summary in the app too, The details will be locked however, and will only show the project locations on the map summary.
After you have requested a Snapshot, the Cumulative Data will be available in the app, on the map summary, the Fly Through and on My View. Until the Snapshot is delivered, this will be the latest National Dataset details available.
Exporting Cumulative Data
As well as being viewable in the app, the Snapshot Cumulative Dataset you purchase can also be downloaded for your own use as a .CSV (comma separated, plain text) file.
Upon purchasing the dataset, you agree to only use your data for provision of the VentusAR system and services, or in relation to your use for that project only and not for data resale.
If you have any questions regarding access to our Cumulative Data, please feel free to call us on 0141 559 6170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org