Monthly Archives: April 2016

Staff Spotlight – George Banfill

Our latest team spotlight is our Technical Director George Banfill.

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Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?
I’m George Banfill – husband, father, sailor, cyclist, geek and tired. (Comes of having a 3 year old and a 4 month old at home).

 What is your role at Linknode?
I oversee all the product software development and software releases we do as a company.  I was employee number two back in August 2011 and have been working on building cross platform mobile apps and supporting systems ever since. I’ve been involved in building and overseeing Windows phone, Windows 8, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS development as well as creating asp.net web sites to support them. Continue reading

Data, Data, Everywhere…

… but what about spatial data security?

People expect instant access to location based data. That could be anything from a simple map to questions like, where is the nearest library? what is the current traffic? what does my holiday home look like?  In addition, initiatives like INSPIRE require data to be made available as download or services.

This push-pull for information has been simplified through the adoption of open standards, web mapping, cheap hardware, open source software and available skills coming out of universities.

Excellent… to a point.

When does open access and availability of spatial information become a risk to an organisation? Continue reading

Visualising Anaerobic Digestion Plants

As well as the usual renewables models we can help visualise – wind, solar etc.,  we have started looking at other types and shapes of models – including Anaerobic Digestion and storage plants.

The larger scale on-farm AD plants will of course have a impact on the landscape, and we can help design and visualise what they will look like to reduce visual impact. VentusAR can help aid visibility and assessment of AD plants, and we are working on adding colours and textures to create a more realistic visualisation.

The following images are an a example project and there are no planned projects in this area.

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Anaerobic Digestion plant in Fly Through mode

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Staff Spotlight – Rufus Mall

Our latest team spotlight is our iOS guru, senior software engineer, Rufus Mall.

Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?

My name is Rufus Mall. I’ve been working as a Software Engineer at Linknode for around three and a half years now. The main skills I use of at Linknode are Graphics Programming and iOS Development. I spent the first three years of my time at Linknode working on VentusAR but have now moved on to working on our upcoming product UrbanPlanAR.

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My favourite person in the world (alongside Steve Wozniak)

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VentusAR Customer Case-Study: LDA Design

LDA Design use VentusAR to rapidly evaluate and clearly communicate projects. 

LDA Design are an independent creative consultancy helping clients to deliver places which work well and provides design and landscape-led planning services to developers, landowners, communities, universities and government. As planners, LDA Design take a positive approach to securing consent, optimising the opportunity to win support and are proud of their work for renewable energy schemes: small or large, they are all part of a low carbon future.

LDA Design needed a cost effective solution for producing visualisations for rapid site appraisal and design testing of renewable energy projects. In particular at early stage landscape feasibility work and in small projects where limited budgets precluded the production of large numbers of verifiable visualisations.

The Solution

onshore150-e1438175454732Having seen the potential of the product in 2013, LDA Design have worked with Linknode to inform the development of VentusAR. Initial use focussed on landscape feasibility studies as VentusAR allowed rapid visualisation production from a variety of locations.
Since then, VentusAR has been used to efficiently locate LVIA viewpoints with clear lines of sight, and in assessment scoping discussions with a range of consultees. VentusAR has also proved valuable in assessing potential impacts on residential visual amenity and settlements and providing supplementary visualisations to illustrate assessments.

Product Development

solar150-e1438175420529LDA Design continue to be actively involved in the development of VentusAR. They contribute to the use of bespoke terrain data, the solar domain and performance and usability testing in the field.
LDA Design also collaborate with Linknode in the production of bespoke development models for other forms of development to be used within VentusAR. They have been actively involved with Linknode on academic research exploring trust in the visual representation of wind farms.

VentusAR helps the LDA Design team to deliver faster, better and more cost effective advice about wind farm design and visual impacts. Being able to ‘see’ a scheme from any location aids our feasibility studies. Mary Fisher, LDA Design

The Benefits

buildingLDA Design benefits from being able to rapidly evaluate projects early on in the development lifecycle and being able to clearly communicate information to clients and consultees.. Additionally, a close working relationship with an engaged and responsive team at Linknode has allowed continued development of the product and exploration & development of new, valuable uses.

Key Facts

Number of VentusAR licenses  5
Domain  Wind and Solar
Number of wind projects created  67
Number of solar projects created  7

You can view the full case study here

If you would like to chat about using VentusAR for your wind, solar or grid visualisations, please feel free to call us on 0141 559 6170 or drop us a line at hello@ventusar.com

 

 

Drone Visualisation

An obvious extension to the first-person visualisation experiences that Linknode deliver is using the same technology to deliver remote visualisation. By that, we mean to take the visualisation solution (mobile tablet) that our existing users hold in the field, and change the camera location. This could be to get a different perspective on a project or to place a point of view in a location which may be otherwise inaccessible or dangerous to access.
In theory, all the technical platform requirements (location, real-time sensors, 3D modelling, camera metrics and AR integration) that Linknode specialise in are the same as VentusAR and UrbanPlanAR. However, instead of the mobile platform being packaged into a consumer tablet, containing all the hardware we need, just like the best chefs we need to do some deconstruction of the product to create a new experience. Continue reading

Staff Spotlight – Minh Nguyen

Next up for our Team Spotlight is our funny guy… software engineer Minh Nguyen

Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?

I am Minh. My full name is Nguyen Quy Minh. And I am originally from Saigon, Vietnam.

I joined Linknode in 2013 to support geospatial applications. These include the web mapping portals used within around 200 local authority planning web sites in UK. I also works on web portal and database assess interfaces for Linknode solutions. I have also worked on the design and production of other applications from backend to frontend within Linknode for a variety of public sector and private commercial clients.

You can call me as a GIS engineer, BIM engineer or Support Engineer. Continue reading

I’ve Run Out of Space: Storage Management in VentusAR App

We’ve heard this one a few times in the last couple of months:

“Help, I’ve run out space and I can’t take any more photos with VentusAR.

One of the new features we released recently help you manage the space the gallery takes up on the device. Some of our customers were reporting that their devices were starting to fill up. Not everyone uses the iPad pro with its 128GB storage space. Some users are on the iPad Air 2 with 16GB or the Samsung tab pro with 32GB. Continue reading