28/03/17: We live in a 3D world
Blog first published on Future Cities Catapult http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk/2017/03/27/blog-live-3d-world/
We live in a multi-dimensional world and experience our environment through our senses. For most people, vision is the dominant way we experience the world. Our sense of orientation within a given context, location, and place is determined by an animated 3D model of the world ... Read More.....
13/03/17: Future Cities :: Future of Planning
We are delighted to confirm that we have been selected as one of the shortlisted 10 projects in the Future Cities Catapult "Future of Planning" initiative.
Our solution B4itsBuilt, mobilises citizen engagement through true visualisation.
This project will extend professional, accurate, real-world AR experiences into the public domain for the ... Read More.....
13/03/17: New SNH Visualisation Guidance Published (Lighting)
We were reminded today that the latest version of the SNH "Visual Representation of Wind Farms" came out of draft and was published last month (February 2017).
Version 2.2 of the guidance is an iterative update following the major release update (v2.0) in summer 2014 and the v2.1 revisions in December the same year.
A summary document of changes has been published as ... Read More.....
12/01/17: VentusAR included in 3D Technology in Planning Report
This week the research report "USE OF DIGITAL AND 3D VISUALISATION TECHNOLOGY IN PLANNING FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT" was published by the Scottish Government.
This independent report examines the role and potential of digital imagery and 3D visualisation in the planning process in Scotland. Produced by the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, it was commissioned to inform the review of the ... Read More.....
09/01/17: New year, New model, New video: UrbanPlanAR is coming
Its a New Year, so we decided it was time to update our UrbanPlanAR video to show some of the latest things we have done.
This example shows a concept model shown in the camera feed. It makes it really quick and easy to communicate what the new building will look like. Once everything is loaded, it's as quick and ... Read More.....
05/01/17: Happy New Year: Top five posts from 2016
Happy New Year from everyone at Linknode. We thought this would be a good time to review the top five most popular posts of 2016.
In June we created video montages for community engagement on Orkney with Hoolan Energy.
We launched the buildings domain to allow our users to quickly assess buildings in ... Read More.....
19/12/16: Merry Christmas from everyone at Linknode
After a busy year, the team at Linknode would like to thank our customers, suppliers and friends for all your support, and look forward to working with you in the New Year.
Merry Christmas one and all.
from Abi, Crispin, George, Dave, Rufus, Stewart and Minh
( I think the boys can't wait for the holidays, just to get away from ... Read More.....
16/12/16: Welkom bij Rom3D (Welcome to Rom3D)
Following the release of VentusAR version 5.2, which has enabled support for the Dutch co-ordinate system, we travelled to the Netherlands to welcome the team at Rom3D – a high end visualisation company - as the first international client of VentusAR.
Rom3D have their own software that creates a virtual reality model of the developments and is used through various ... Read More.....
09/12/16: VentusAR 5.2 Released
Today we are pleased to announce that VentusAR 5.2 is available for installation and update to all our customers.
VentusAR v5.2 is a customer feature focussed release, responding to the most demanded requests of users.
Full details are available at the Release Notes online for all our platforms, features include:
A3 Render PDF production
Support for Dutch coordinate systems
Improved performance ... Read More.....
06/12/16: VentusAR welcomes Gillespies Landscape Architects
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 ... Read More.....
21/11/16: 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 ... Read More.....
17/11/16: iPad Pro Cases from Studio Proper
This week we got some new iPad Pro cases delivered. These fit the iPad Pro 12 and hold it securely onto the tripod (its the same one we use for the iPad Pro 9 and Air 2). We took one out last time we were in the Campsie's to do some testing to make sure that it was easy to use and worked ... Read More.....
07/11/16: 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 ... Read More.....
31/10/16: 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.
The cumulative umbrella's show the spread and distance of any cumulative projects shown ... Read More.....
25/10/16: 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 ... Read More.....
20/09/16: 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 ... Read More.....
14/09/16: 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.
The 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 ... Read More.....
05/09/16: 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.
[caption id="attachment_20953" align="alignleft" width="640"] Power lines by the Allt Phocaichain. © Copyright Craig Wallace[/caption]
The ability to view conductor wires on ... Read More.....
18/08/16: 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 ... Read More.....
29/07/16: What Does Pokémon GO Mean for AR?
Unless you have been under a rock for the past few weeks (July 2016), you can't have helped but notice that Pokémon GO has somewhat taken the world by storm. In doing so it has also brought the term "augmented reality" (AR) to the masses with everyone including Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg weighing in with comment and opinion.
Linknode ... Read More.....
20/07/16: Invitation to Participate in the Innovate UK Visualisation Project :: UrbanPlanAR
UrbanPlanAR is designed to enhance the value of BIM information by enabling in-field visualisation from any location, in real-time – creating more engaging and accessible understanding, integrated with current processes, software and formats.
The project is a development collaboration between Linknode Ltd and Heriot-Watt University, supported by Innovate UK (grant #102040).
The solution is a disruptive technology providing a 21st century alternative ... Read More.....
14/07/16: Planning Review Scotland – Greater use of 3D
Independent Review of Planning - Recommendations
In September 2015, the Scottish Government put out a call for evidence under the Independent Review of Scottish Planning System. Linknode submitted our response on 30th November and this week (8 July 2016) the Scottish Government Response was announced on the Planning & Architecture blog.
There are two key recommendations in this report that demonstrate foresight and ... Read More.....
29/06/16: Assessing and Visualising Buildings in VentusAR
To effectively assess a new buildings project, developers and landscape architects must be able to see and understand a 3D model within the landscape. VentusAR provides a simple but effective workflow of converting 2D CAD designs into 3D easy to understand visualisations.
Fly Through provides an overview of the area around the project.
My View shows what the development looks ... Read More.....
23/06/16: Community Engagement for a Hoolan Energy Wind Development in Orkney
Last week we took part in our first full hands-on community engagement experience (although VentusAR has previously been used in many events by our clients themselves).
We were commissioned by Hoolan Energy to provide visualisations for pre planning consultations on two Wind Farms on the Orkney Islands – Costa Head and Hesta Head.
[caption id="attachment_20829" align="alignnone" width="625"] Aerial Photography ... Read More.....
17/06/16: VentusAR 4.5 Released
We are delighted to announce that this morning we released the latest version of VentusAR v4.5.
The release includes the ability to assess and visualise Building projects, drawing conductors between towers and wood poles in grid projects and transparency controls for the models and wirelines.
We are particularly excited about being able to visualise buildings within our new domain. ... Read More.....
08/06/16: Which is Better for a Public Meeting?
In the last few weeks, as part of our BIM stakeholder engagement for the Innovate UK funded UrbanPlanAR.com project, I have visited the UK Ordnance Survey (OS) and seen their presentations at Geo Business.
Whilst traditionally (for about the past 225 years) the OS has been involved in data capture and presentation, increasingly the business is understanding the value in ... Read More.....
03/06/16: Edinburgh’s new Garden District development – what will it look like?
In the news yesterday, Murray Estates have been granted planning permission to build 6000 houses and leisure facilities on greenbelt land just outside Edinburgh.
The image below represents an overview of the area the development is planned for.
[caption id="attachment_20802" align="alignnone" width="625"] Image courtesy of Edinburgh's Garden District Brochure[/caption]
But what ... Read More.....
27/05/16: Linknode Platoon!
To celebrate our 5th birthday, yesterday, we suited up for an afternoon of go-karting and strategic laser combat.
The go-karting was a GP3 - 10 qualifying laps, 12 heat laps, and then a 14 lap final race. Couple of crashes - George spun and got stuck, which made Dave stop, at which point Abi came careering round the corner, full speed and ... Read More.....
19/05/16: iOS 9.3.2 Released
This week, Apple released an update to iOS 9. The iOS 9.3.2 update brings a few minor fixes to the iPad for the newest iPad Pro users.
This has been tested with VentusAR and all appears to be working fine. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of iOS to take advantage of these new features and fixes. Read More.....
11/05/16: Cumulative Data Refresh: April 2016
Last week was the end of April, so it was time to update our cumulative dataset again. The headline numbers in our dataset now includes: 31547 turbines over 16493 projects.
Break down by stage
Appeal in Progress
Notes to Readers, Users and Editors
The VentusAR April 2016 refresh contains data sourced up ... Read More.....
01/05/16: Exploring through a 360 panoramic photograph
As a company, Linknode are always looking for new ways of presenting information that could help our customers.
Recently we have been trying out Google Cardboard as a way to present 360° photographs. As you'll see below, these 360° photographs look good and work well, so today we are announcing the VentusAR Cardboard app: a way of display gallery images in a ... Read More.....
01/05/16: It’s our 5th Birthday
We are five years old...! Where did the time go?
We started business on 1st May 2011 and has been going from strength to strength with the support of our passionate team, our business partners and of course our valued clients.
Our plans for 2016 and beyond include new features for VentusAR such as Buildings, Expert Mode, so you can ... Read More.....
26/04/16: Staff Spotlight – George Banfill
Our latest team spotlight is our Technical Director George Banfill.
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 ... Read More.....
22/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
19/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
13/04/16: 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. ... Read More.....
12/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
07/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
06/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
01/04/16: 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 ... Read More.....
31/03/16: Team Spotlight – Abi Brownlee
Next up for our Team Spotlight is the wonderful, stunning, amazing - Abigail Brownlee (can you tell I write these?)
[caption id="attachment_19821" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ready for the eclipse from the office window![/caption]
Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?
I’m Abigail Brownlee (Abi) and I’ve been with Linknode for nearly four years, ... Read More.....
30/03/16: VentusAR v4.4 Released
Over a busy Easter weekend, we released VentusAR v4.4 into the app stores. This release includes a lot of performance features to make the app faster and clearer to use.
For Android and iOS this release includes:
Realistic turbine rotation speed based on blade length
Distraction free mode for video and public display
For portal users this release includes:
Configuration ... Read More.....
24/03/16: The answer is blowing in the wind
How many times have you gone out to a site visit - where more than likely - it's pretty windy!
You have your ring-binder full of wirelines, constraint maps etc. - you're breaking your back trying to carry it, and your papers are flying about all over the place! Sound familiar? Well, we can help!
With VentusAR, you can download ... Read More.....
22/03/16: Team Spotlight – David Hughes
Next up for our Team Spotlight is our newest member of staff - Sales and Business Development Manager David Hughes
Who are you and what is your role at Linknode?
I'm David Hughes - I am the Sales and Business Development Manager at Linknode and have been here since August 2015.
If you could describe working at Linknode in three words, ... Read More.....
21/03/16: AGI Scotland – 2016
Last week (16 March 2016) was the annual AGI Scotland event in Edinburgh.
[caption id="attachment_19561" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Image by Diane Sandeman - AGI Scotland Annual Event 2016[/caption]
Location is key to Linknode's business - making information more relevant, accessible and understandable. The Association for Geographic Information is the profession for spatial scientists, geographers and GIS professionals and the Scottish program ... Read More.....
16/03/16: Team Spotlight – Stewart Fullerton
Next up for our Team Spotlight is another of our software engineers - Stewart Fullerton.
Who are you?
I am Stewart Fullerton
What is your role at Linknode and how long have you been working here?
I've been working as a Mobile Development Engineer at Linknode for nearly 4 years. I specialise in building Android and Windows Phone apps as well ... Read More.....
14/03/16: Assessing buildings onsite
Since 2012, VentusAR has enabled users to conduct onsite visualisations and assessments of onshore wind, solar and grid connections.
Our latest buildings feature will provide users with the ability to assess the developments of buildings and houses. We describe this as assessing the impact of rural developments. (We have another product we are building to allow users to assess urban developments ... Read More.....
09/03/16: Team Spotlight – Ryan Welsh
Team spotlight time - let me introduce you to our newest and youngest member of staff - software engineer Ryan Welsh.
Who are you?
I am Ryan
What is your role at Linknode and how long have you been working here?
I have been working as a software engineer for just over a year. My role in the company is ... Read More.....
02/03/16: Team Spotlight – Crispin Hoult
We have been blogging for a while now - technical stuff, industry news, product features.
We decided it's maybe time to do something a little more personal, and let everyone know who we are - all of us!
We'll all be answering various questions over the next few weeks and you'll get to see who actually works at Linknode and ... Read More.....
29/02/16: Xamarin acquired by Microsoft
Hi, it's me again – Rufus. It is that time of the year again where I write a technical blog!
You may have read my previous post about the Apple technologies that were announced a few months ago. With the recent announcement that Xamarin has been acquired by Microsoft, I thought it was an appropriate time to share some of my ... Read More.....
21/02/16: I Love it When a Planning Application is Approved
We noticed today that some of the solar projects we worked on in 2015 have now been approved!
You might remember, we added the solar domain to VentusAR during the summer of 2015. In the last 6 months VentusAR has been used in 24 solar planning applications. Our customers have been using VentusAR to assess and communicate the visual impact of the solar development ... Read More.....
15/02/16: Video Montage for Wind Developments
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video shows a thousand pictures.
Wind energy developers are always asked the same question.....
"What will it look like?"
Typically they answer by creating a wireline image and photomontage. A lot of research has been done to find the best parameters and technical ways to present a photomontage. However, photomontages cannot ... Read More.....
10/02/16: UrbanPlanAR Call to Action – We Need Your Data!
This week we launched our new UrbanPlanAR website, where we have stated a 'Call to Action' to possible partners and users.
UrbanPlanAR is a Linknode R&D project in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, and funded by Innovate UK, and will deliver an augmented reality solution for visualising proposed urban ... Read More.....
04/02/16: New Transmission Models
Today we are making our new outline transmission models available, and users of our transmission domain will have access to all these models.
These models have been created using engineering diagrams from SSE so represent real-world towers. They are outline models (i.e they show the outline of the tower not the details of the lattice towers) as at the ... Read More.....
01/02/16: VentusAR 4.3 Released
This weekend we released VentusAR 4.3. This adds minor features to improve the app and portal to make it simpler to use.
For Android and iOS users, the release includes:
Turbine Labelling in My View / Gallery / Renders - to identify which turbine is which
A-Z ordering in the project list
Distance shown to Cumulative projects
For Portal users this includes:
Horizontal ... Read More.....
10/12/15: VentusAR 4.2 Released
This week we released VentusAR 4.2. This is the first release to include the viewing distance enhancements and 3D mapping enhancements that we have been working on recently.
For Android and iOS users the release includes:
New device support added for the iPad Pro
Increased viewing distance in Fly Through (was 30km by 30km now 76km by 76km)
3D mapping data ... Read More.....
07/12/15: New Field Kits for VentusAR
In our forthcoming VentusAR 4.2 release, we are introducing support for the iPad Pro. This has given us an opportunity to review the field kits we offer as part of VentusAR. From today, we will be offering two options of Field kit: the Lite Field Kit (handheld) and the Pro Field Kit (Tripod mount). These kits will be available for both ... Read More.....
20/11/15: Visualisation Interest Group
Last week (November 2015), Linknode hosted a Visualisation Interest Group at our offices in Glasgow. This is the third (annual) time that we have opened our doors to planners, developers, landscape professionals and practitioners. The aim was to create a forum for discussion with like-minded people and over 20 guests plus four speakers agreed. The afternoon was a balance that included new ... Read More.....
20/11/15: 24 hours with the iPad Pro
Last week, Apple released the newest version of the iPad - the monster iPad Pro. We will be supporting this as an option from the next release of VentusAR (due out in a few weeks). We do some rigorous testing and calibration of new devices (I wrote about this when testing the iPad Air 2 last novemeber). I thought I would ... Read More.....
Last week, as a company we had a hack day. Everyone (well all the developers) stopped their normal work and had two days to see what they could produce.
Produce an immersive Augemented or Virtual Reality experience.
A bluetooth wireless speaker
A mini drone
Pie Face (the kids game with skooshy cream)
Eternal respect and bragging ... Read More.....
22/10/15: iOS 9.1 Released
This week iOS 9.1 was released. We have now tested VentusAR 4.1 with this new update of iOS 9.1 for the iPad Air and Air 2 and everything seems to be working fine. We recommend updating to iOS 9.1 as soon as possible to take advantage of the new features added in this update.
More information is availbe from the release notes. Read More.....
09/10/15: The Tech Expo: Augmented Reality
This week was the augmented reality show as part of The Tech Expo show in London. I went down to see a bit about what other people and companies are using augmented reality for. Here are some of my observations of the conference:
Virtual Reality (VR) is going to be the next big thing, with full augmented reality after that. ... Read More.....
18/09/15: VentusAR v4.1 Released
Over this weekend, we released VentusAR v4.1. This is a stability and polish release where we fixed numerous bugs and considerably improved performance.
For iPad and Android users this release includes:
New controls in the Fly Through to gesture allow navigation
Gallery improvements in renders and base images section.
Plenty of performance enhancements and minor fixes
For Portal users:
Improvements ... Read More.....
16/09/15: Cumulative Data Refresh: Sept 2015
This week we have re-imported out national cumulative dataset. As we usually do when we re-import the data, we had a brief dive into it to explore what is new and what new applications are going on in the onshore wind industry in the UK.
Headline numbers for September 2015 dataset - there are now 31470 turbines spread over 16502 projects.
This ... Read More.....
15/09/15: VentusAR Customer Case Study: Green Cat Renewables
Green Cat Renewables improve quality and reduce time by assessing the visual impact of renewable projects using VentusAR
Green Cat Renewables have been developing and building renewable projects in Scotland since 2005. Based across Scotland with a 70 strong dedicated team providing a flexible range of support services to renewable energy developers throughout entire projects, from site selection through to commissioning.
Green ... Read More.....
11/09/15: iOS 9 and New Apple Stuff
My name is Rufus and I am a software engineer at Linknode. After watching the live stream of Apple’s “Special Event” and being interested in some of the new products I thought I would write a small blog post to share my thoughts with the world!
As someone who primarily uses iOS devices I am mostly interested in changes ... Read More.....
11/09/15: Mirroring an iPad to a Laptop
Over the last week, I've have done a few demo's of our VentusAR product to a variety of different people. Quite often I end up doing these demo's in places where there is no Wi-Fi, so I need some other way of connecting the iPad to a big screen. Sure, I could use a lightning to HDMI connector, but then ... Read More.....
08/09/15: Introducing the Transmission Tower Model
As part of the VentusAR 4.0 release, we have included a brand new feature for visualising transmission towers.
This new capability allows the towers to be assessed in all visualisation modes - My View, FlyThrough and Gallery. In this post we will introduce you to the new transmission tower model we are using for our visualisations. It is is customisable with ... Read More.....
31/08/15: Visualising Solar Farms: FAQ
The visual impact of a Solar Farm is a key consideration in getting a development through the planning system. The Department for Energy and Climate Change specifically mention visual impact in their Planning and Practice Guidance for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy
the visual impact of a well-planned and well-screened solar farm can be properly addressed within the landscape if ... Read More.....
20/08/15: How to Create Your First Solar Project
Last week we launched VentusAR 4.0. One of the key features of VentusAR 4.0 is that it can now be used to produce solar array visualisations. In this blog, we're going to to talk through the process of creating a Solar Project and visualising the results (screen shots are from an iPad, but we also support Android of course).
We set up ... Read More.....
17/08/15: Introducing the Solar Model
As part of the VentusAR 4.0 release, we have included a few new standard models. In this post we will introduce you to the new solar panel model. We also added a new transmission model which will be covered in a future post.
This is our new 9m wide solar panel model. It has the following dimensions:
Width – 9m
Depth – 4m
... Read More.....
13/08/15: VentusAR 4.0 is Released
This morning we released the latest version of VentusAR v4.0. This release brings the ability to use VentusAR to quickly visualise ground-mounted solar farms and transmission towers.
We are particularly excited about being able to visualise solar arrays as we have seen a lot of expansion in the renewables industry into solar planning & development.
VentusAR now includes two ... Read More.....
27/07/15: Solar is Coming!
Over the past few weeks and months, we have had increasing number of enquiries about how VentusAR could be used to visualise a solar farm instead of a wind farm.
Well the good news is that VentusAR 4.0 will now support ground mounted solar arrays as well as wind turbines and transmission towers.
VentusAR 4.0 is the latest upcoming release - due ... Read More.....
09/07/15: Cumulative Data Refresh: July 2015
We are pleased to announce the latest refresh of our national turbine dataset (for cumulative assessment) which is available from VentusAR (both for app-users and for data-only access). The dataset contains information on the size and location of wind turbines as they pass through the UK planning application systems.
Headline numbers for the July 2015 refresh across the UK are 16,362 projects ... Read More.....
03/07/15: Wind Farm Impacts Study Published
Yesterday (2 July 2015) the ClimateXChange group published the results from a 2-year study into wind farm planning documentation. Specifically the report was designed to determine whether the "visual [and other] impacts predicted by wind farm developers in documentation submitted with their planning applications are consistent with the impacts experienced once the wind farm is operational."
The main report is a fairly ... Read More.....
03/07/15: iOS 8.4 and VentusAR 3.0
This week Apple released iOS 8.4. We have now tested this with VentusAR 3.0 and everything works fine in VentusAR. Feel free to upgrade your iPad to iOS 8.4
Full release notes are available at https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1818?locale=en_US and upgrade instructions at http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/06/30/how-to-install-ios-8-4-apple-music/. Read More.....
18/06/15: Bad Murder?
Today (18 June 2015), Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change announced that the government was bringing forwards a Tory manifesto pledge to controversially end the subsidy for onshore wind development a year early (to April 2016). The announcement has been (and continues to be) challenged by industry and Scottish government.
This is undoubtedly bad timing for an industry on the ... Read More.....
15/06/15: VentusAR v3.0 Released
We are delighted to announce that over the weekend, we released VentusAR v3.0 for Android and iPad (plus associated portal updates).
This is a significant feature release. VentusAR now has the added ability to create PDF output from images to comply with SNH guidance. Proudly, we estimate that photomontages can be created in VentusAR in just two hours - significantly ... Read More.....
29/05/15: Linknode and Heriot-Watt University collaboration to visualise urban developments
Linknode Ltd in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University have commenced a two-year long research and development project.
UrbanPlanAR will create a "Mobile Architectural Visualisation Platform for Planners and Communities". The project received funding from the InnovateUK funding board, following a successful bid in the ‘Innovation in Location Based ... Read More.....
08/05/15: Cumulative Data Refresh: May 2015
Earlier this week, we imported a refresh of our national cumulative data which is available from VentusAR (both for app-users and for data-only access). The dataset contains information on the size and location wind turbines as they pass through the UK planning application systems.
Last time I delved a little deeper into the statistics for turbines and projects across the ... Read More.....
06/05/15: Research on Trust in Visual Presentation Media
Or “How does the media used to convey a planned onshore wind development affect the understanding and belief in the visual representation?”
As is well known (in the UK at least) the visual impact assessment (VIA) component of the environmental statement is a critical component in planning for development, especially so in onshore wind. Guidance has existed for many ... Read More.....
24/04/15: Linknode are recruiting
We currently have an opening for a Sales and Account Management position.
An active role in sales and account management for Linknode’s VentusAR product. Leading customer acquisition and closing deals to meet targets for this exciting brand is a fantastic career opportunity. Reporting regularly to the directors, and working closely with marketing, the role is fully supported at ... Read More.....
22/04/15: It’s On / Under the Horizon
We all know the earth is not flat (well, apart from members of the Flat Earth Society).
Popular belief says that in the middle ages, sailors didn’t want to sail too far from their home port in case they fell off the edge of the world (though a quick bit of research on Wikipedia would suggest that this is ... Read More.....
10/04/15: VentusAR 2.3 Released!
We are pleased to announce the release of VentusAR v2.3 for Android, iPad (and associated portal updates).
For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:
Gallery Sync - an easy way to sync all data from the device to the portal
High Resolution Renders - Size the of the output Renders has increased to make higher ... Read More.....
01/04/15: Minecraft Makes Wind Farm Development Projects Accessible
Valid 00:01 April 1 2015 to 11:59am April 1 2015
New guidance for the visualisation of wind farms development understands that “stakeholder engagement is extremely important” and recognises that new developments have “considerable scope” for use as techniques are developed and presented.
In support of this guidance, Linknode today announced that development of a Minecraft version of its interactive visualisation and communication tools ... Read More.....
12/03/15: How to Become a Portal-Only User for Access to the National Cumulative Dataset
VentusAR provides access to the dataset of UK turbine locations (described in a previous blog post). Users of the VentusAR app have one-off preview or Snapshot access for cumulative visualisation impact assessment.
We can now also offer unlimited access to the baseline data of turbine details. This is provided via a subscription model for both app users and portal-only (website) ... Read More.....
05/03/15: Viewing and Purchasing Cumulative Datasets
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 ... Read More.....
04/03/15: Cumulative Data Refresh
Today we have imported a refresh of the national cumulative data available within VentusAR. This is dataset contains information the size and location about every turbine in Great Britain and is available within the VentusAR portal to make it source accurate cumulative data for a project you are working on. This dataset has already saved some of our clients two ... Read More.....
24/02/15: Sensor Fusion: Rolling your own
Last time, I wrote about sensors and sensor fusion. Over the last couple of years at Linknode, we've gained considerable practical experience with the sensors that are built into modern tablets. This blog post is a fairly technical explanation of some of that knowledge and understanding, and why we ended up doing what we did - if you don’t ... Read More.....
20/02/15: Your Phone has Attitude!
[caption id="attachment_11472" align="alignright" width="283"] The axis on a mobile device[/caption]
Sorry, this post isn't about your phone or tablets bad attitude and the way it doesn't let you do what you want - that’s just working with Android that does that. Instead, this post is about how we at Linknode use the sensors built into your ... Read More.....
17/02/15: VentusAR 2.2 Release
We are pleased to announce the release of VentusAR v2.2 for Android, iPad (and associated portal updates).
[caption id="attachment_11382" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Setup DSLR photography for use in VentusAR[/caption]
For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:
Adds Earth Curvature and Atmospheric refraction calculations to the My View and Gallery Visualisations. This is required ... Read More.....
06/01/15: VentusAR Feature Spotlight: Terrain Masking
Another useful feature, that is often overlooked, is the ability to switch on and off terrain masking when in the wireline view. Terrain masking causes objects that are behind hills or other terrain features not to be shown (as they would not be visible!). This makes sense as, if you are at a viewpoint, you would not naturally be able ... Read More.....
05/01/15: New Quick Start Guides
As recent VentusAR clients will know, we have added a new quick start guide to our field kit. This is designed to be a quick reference / refresher of how to quickly set up a VentusAR project and how to do the calibration process when in the field.
[caption id="attachment_10752" align="alignright" width="209"] Quick Start Guide[/caption]
The full version ... Read More.....
19/12/14: Merry Christmas from the Linknode Team
Well 2014 has been another fantastic and busy year for the team at Linknode. We'd like to thank our customers, suppliers and friends for all your support, and look forward to working with you in the New Year.
Merry Christmas one and all.
(from left to right) Minh, Stewart, Rufus, Abi, George, Crispin and Santa Calum
12/12/14: Instagram Style Effects on Photos in VentusAR
As part of our testing process leading up to a release, we always take all the devices out on-site and check that everything lines up correctly. This time, this included the new iPad Air 2 that we are going to start supporting from version 2.1 onwards. I was out yesterday at Craigengelt hill in Stirlingshire. back in the office today, I noticed ... Read More.....
11/12/14: Feature Spotlight: Custom Terrain Services
As part of a license for VentusAR, users have access to our national coverage terrain services. The Ordnance Survey provides the DTM data for terrain services in the UK under the Open Data license. Currently these include OS Terrain 50 and Panorama.
However, when assessing a wind project, you may want to use a more detailed DTM to provide a better ... Read More.....
08/12/14: VentusAR 2.1 Released – Assessing Cumulative Impact
We are pleased to announce the release of VentusAR v2.1 for Android, iPad (and associated portal updates).
This is a significant upgrade, allowing cumulative data to be purchased and used from our National Cumulative Dataset. This dataset contains information sourced from local authorities about the status of wind turbine planning applications.
We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to ... Read More.....
25/11/14: 24 Hours with an iPad Air 2
With all the new innovations going into new tablet hardware, we run new devices through a series of tests before we say that it is a supported tablet for VentusAR. There are several stages to this:
we mount it on a tripod and check that everything from the 3D world is correct size according to the camera
we play with ... Read More.....
17/11/14: VentusAR featured on Xamarin developers blog
Last week, VentusAR was featured as an app spotlight on the Xamarin blog. In this video interview, I talk through what VentusAR is and how the different features of it work. I show example of the Fly Through, My View (wirelines) and Gallery working to allow us to explore and review a previously set up project.
Steven, the interviewer, summed ... Read More.....
14/11/14: The Matrix Comes to RenewableUK
This year at the Renewable UK 2014 annual conference and exhibition, we gave our stand visitors a little more to think about, with Neo from the Matrix asking them to choose between the 'blissful ignorance of illusion or the truth of reality - choose the red pill'
Or really, munch on a cherry flavoured jelly bean whilst we showed you real-time ... Read More.....
10/11/14: Introducing a New On-Demand Service for Cumulative Visual Impact Data
The UK’s first on-line service to search and report on the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind turbines has been developed by Linknode.
Launched at RenewableUK 2014 in Manchester on 11 November, this new data service can cut the time taken for assessments from ‘weeks to minutes’, slashing costs for wind farm developers, local communities and public bodies involved in assessing ... Read More.....
07/11/14: Public Engagement for Wind Turbine Proposals – Good Practice Guidance
This week (3 November, 2014) the Scottish Government posted a consultation draft document on guidance and best practice for wind turbine planning. The document aims to create discussion and feedback and allows stakeholders to contribute and ultimately help better engage with communities and members of the public.
Both consultation draft and the feedback document are available at the link below:
http://www.... Read More.....
15/10/14: Feature Spotlight: Renders and PDFs
One of the new features we introduced in VentusAR 2.0 was the ability to produce a PDF file to download. The creation of a document makes it easier to share and save the visualisations created by VentusAR. As I have just been out to a viewpoint with VentusAR, I thought I would share the process to setup the project, create the ... Read More.....
10/10/14: DECC Updates Community Engagement and Benefit Guidance for Onshore Wind
Earlier this week (7 October 2014) the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published updated guidance for engagement in planning and development for onshore wind. Aimed at communities, local authorities and developers, the documents are forwarded by The Rt Hon Edward Davey (Ed) who says the opportunity to develop onshore wind and benefits "requires ambition, innovation and commitment on all ... Read More.....
09/10/14: Xamarin Evolve Keynote
This week (6-10 October 2014), Linknode are in attendance at Altanta for the Xamarin Evolve conference. After two days of training, the conference proper is under way with sessions on the new features and services of what is coming up from Xamarin, now and over the next few months.
I thought I'd capture some of the my thoughts about the keynote ... Read More.....
08/10/14: Evolution of Ordnance Survey Maps: Why do people love maps? – BBC News Article
In my news feed this morning there was an article showing the evolution of Ordnance Survey maps. I was struck by the graphic showing the evolution of Ordnance Survey mapping. To summarise the changes over the years: colours have been added, contours are clearer and text less script (see below):
[caption id="attachment_8992" align="aligncenter" width="420"] OS Mapping Evolution over ... Read More.....
01/10/14: VentusAR Field Kit for iPad
The backseat of the car, wind, rain, hail, even trouser pockets. It’s a tough world out there for the hardware that runs VentusAR. We take the same kit out into the field as we supply for our customers, so we’ve a fair bit of experience of what works well, and what is less effective. In this post I ... Read More.....
29/09/14: VentusAR 2.0 Released – Cumulative is here!
We are pleased to announce the release of VentusAR v2.0 for Android, iPad (and associated portal updates). This is a significant upgrade and contains capabilities and feature requests that are designed to meet industry needs - making project assessment faster, more dynamic, better integrated and more efficient. We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the ... Read More.....
19/09/14: Afternoon tea with your visualisation?
This week we held our first Customer Focus group. We invited a handful of our early customers into our office to talk about all things VentusAR. This provided us with a chance to really engage with our customers.
The afternoon started out with an open invite to the ‘Meet the Engineer’ session. George and his development team were on hand ... Read More.....
10/09/14: The marketeers spin on phone thickness
Hands up who watched the Apple live event last night. I watched the live blog feed from the apple site, so I got the important points without having to watch 2 hours of Apple exec's announcing new features. My interest was primarily about whether Apple were going to release a 12 inch iPad or not - they did not, so we will ... Read More.....
05/09/14: Terveisiä Suomi (Greetings from Finland)
This week saw Linknode embark on an exploratory trade mission to Finland, supported by Scottish Development International (SDI) and Panliska / ScotWindFin (http://www.panliska.com/), accompanied by Stephen Fox.
As a first-time visitor to the country having a local coordinator ensured that we got the maximum benefit, with seven meetings in just three-days total time out of the office.
Travel ... Read More.....
02/09/14: Feature Spotlight: Handling objects in the way – in a Photo Wireline
VentusAR, like many visualisations systems, uses a bare earth terrain model. This gives some advantages (compliance with SNH guidelines being a big one), but provides a few challenges too. One of the biggest challenges is that you can end up producing visualisations that don't look right because there are trees between you and the turbine.
[caption id="attachment_7782" align="aligncenter" ... Read More.....
22/08/14: Feature Spotlight: Static Renders
Continuing in our posts about the new and important features of VentusAR, the next feature we would like to cover is static renders and their uses.
A render is a single shareable image of the visualisation you are seeing on screen.
[caption id="attachment_7502" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Full sized photo view of the Dumglass Project[/caption]
A Better Screenshot tool
... Read More.....
08/08/14: VentusAR 1.8 Released
Today we released VentusAR 1.8 for Android, iPad and portal. We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the new features that have been introduced. For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:
Gallery: Enabled Calibration tools
Gallery: Added single-frame renders section to gallery
Project: Show PDF files from the server
Terrain: Improved ... Read More.....
22/07/14: Fun and Games
As the Commonwealth Games roll into Glasgow there are a lot of changes at the Linknode offices. It is time for an update on what is happening outwith VentusAR app news.
Internally, we have welcomed Calum McRae to the team in the Sales and Business Development role. Calum has been meeting customers, preparing meetings and developing contacts – as well as ... Read More.....
14/07/14: Feature Spotlight: Reference Markers
We thought we would take a few features of VentusAR and provide some detail on how they work and what they can be used for.
The second feature we would like to cover is the ability to use Reference Markers, to have confidence that the wireline and camera feed shown on the iPad screen are correctly aligned.
Reference structures are ... Read More.....
07/07/14: Feature Spotlight: Reloading Altitudes
We thought we would take a few features of VentusAR and provide some detail on how they work and what they can be used for. The first feature we would like to cover is reloading altitudes of your objects for display.
If you are setting up a project quickly, Terrain50 is available for you to lookup altitudes of the turbines, ... Read More.....
17/06/14: VentusAR v1.7 Released
Tonight, we released VentusAR v1.7 for iPad, Android and portal.
We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the new features that have been introduced. For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:
Reference Markers: New My View alignment features
Wireline Visible Distance: Increased My View terrain viewing by 100% to at least 30... Read More.....
20/04/14: VentusAR 1.6 Released
Over the Easter weekend, we released VentusAR v1.6 for iPad, Android and portal.
This release includes enhancements to the portal website used to manage the turbine layout. We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the new features that have been introduced. For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:
Gallery Grid ... Read More.....
17/03/14: VentusAR 1.5 Released
We are pleased to announce that we have released VentusAR v1.5 for iPad, Android and portal.
This release includes enhancements to the portal website used to manage the turbine layout. We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the new features that have been introduced. For iPad and android users this release includes many new features ... Read More.....
20/01/14: VentusAR 1.4 Released
We are pleased to announce that we have released v1.4 of VentusAR.
This release includes enhancements to the portal website used to manage the turbine layouts:
Security changes: change passwords, strong passwords and account lock
Added a bread crumb to top of all page
Bulk upload Viewpoints and Turbine Locations allows use of coordinates in OSGB
Full details can be ... Read More.....
08/01/14: AGI SmeSpire Awards
In late 2013 Linknode were delighted to receive the SmeSpire "INSPIRE for SMEs" AGI Award.
The award is designed to reward and encourage SMEs in the Geographic Information sphere for engaging with and taking advantage of INSPIRE implementation. Linknode’s production of the VentusAR app solution is dependent on elevation and mapping data published by the Ordnance Survey of ... Read More.....
02/12/13: VentusAR v1.3 Released
We are pleased to announce that we have released v1.3 of VentusAR.
This release includes enhancements to the portal website used to manage the turbine layout. For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features detailed below:
Security: Communication with the portal website is now encrypted
In-Field Layout Editing: Allow editing of turbine locations from within the app
... Read More.....
25/11/13: 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 ... Read More.....
22/11/13: I Would Go 5000 Miles
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:
The RenewableUK exhibition and show at the NEC is one of the largest energy shows in the country. ... Read More.....
31/10/13: AppsWord 2013: Azure Mobile Services
This post is the fourth in a series of 4 about attending the AppsWorld conference in London.
Stewart Fullerton, one of our Application Engineers went along to the Azure mobile services talk. Stewart works on a lot of different technologies at Linknode. He works on Windows Phone & Windows 8 apps, builds Android apps using Xamarin technology and has built a few ... Read More.....
30/10/13: AppsWorld 2013: Android application Performance
This post is the third in a series of 4 about attending the AppsWorld conference in London.
Rufus Mall, one of our Application Engineers was interested in the Android track. Rufus has mainly worked on our 3D visualisations and iOS application (VentusAR and 3DTry.it) so he knows his way around iOS very well, but is just starting to learn Android.
... Read More.....
29/10/13: AppsWorld 2013: Enterprise Software Development
This post is the second in a series of 4 about attending the AppsWorld conference in London.
One of our developers, Minh Nguyen, when down the Enterprise Application development track. Minh does a lot of backend work for us developing, supporting and maintaining our websites, services and database. Here are some of his notes on what he heard.
As a company ... Read More.....
28/10/13: AppsWorld 2013: 3D technology & Roaring Lions
This post is the first in a series of 4 about attending the AppsWorld conference in London.
George Banfill, our Technical Director attended and had the following comments on the event.
As a company it is important to us to know what else is going on in the app development world. The best way we could think of doing this was ... Read More.....
21/10/13: VentusAR v1.2 Released
We are pleased to announce that we have released v1.2 of VentusAR.
For iOS users, this represents an upgrade of the application to make use of the latest iOS 7 user interface.
For android this is the first release available through the Google play store. Version 1.2 also comes with an admin site that allows you to control the project layout.
Highlights ... Read More.....
14/10/13: Location, Location, Location
Today, Monday 14 October 2013, marks another milestone for Linknode as we leave our office in Stirling and move to new business premises in Glasgow. Our address at inovo is just a couple of minutes' walk from the heart of the city, George Square and all the major urban transport links. This is a fantastic building and we invite anyone interested ... Read More.....
30/09/13: The Power of One: Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe
In his book "Digital Disruption", James McQuivey talks about the new Power of One. He argues that historically the "power of the industrial economy was achieved by scale" - business economics growing proportionally to the number of employees. However, he now proposes that "it is no longer true that size of company matters" because individuals within an organisation ... Read More.....
25/09/13: AGI and FOSS4G 2013
Geospatial Conference Season
September, or Maptember as it was termed this month, was open season for geospatial conferences - and in more ways than one.
Earlier, the Open Street Map 'State of the Map' was held in Birmingham and there were at least 10 other events nationally. For Linknode it was a return to Nottingham in 2013 for a double-bill of the ... Read More.....
16/09/13: Climate 2020 Group Lecture
2020 Climate Group Lecture Series
Last Wednesday evening, one of the last warm September evenings, I attended second of Scotland's 2020 Climate Group lecture programmes at St. Paul’s and St. George’s Church in Edinburgh presented by Samantha Barber and Dave Gorman.
Stephen Belcher, Head of the Met Office Hadley Centre spoke first with the facts regarding climate science and it's ... Read More.....
02/09/13: VentusAR v1.1 Released
VentusAR v1.1 for IPad has been released!
We have updated VentusAR, our Visualization system for Windfarm planners. Version 1.1 has been updated and is now available for download from the app store.
New features included in this release are
Improved compass heading
Added a new terrain service: OS Terrain 50 & allow you to choose to use that or Panorama
Flyout Panel ... Read More.....
10/08/13: Ian’s First Linknode Blog…
When I stepped down from SSE earlier in the summer one thing I was interested in was getting involved in some small companies and my involvement in Linknode represents the first move in this direction. It is also, for those people who know me, an apparently strange first move. After all I am the person who never had ... Read More.....
10/08/13: Ian Marchant Joins Linknode as NXD
Announcement of Non-Executive Director
Linknode are delighted to welcome Ian Marchant, one of the UK energy sector’s leading figures, to the company. Ian, who joins us as a Non-Executive director, was Chief Executive of SSE, one of the UK's leading utility companies and Scotland's largest industrial organisation for over ten years. He stepped down from that position in the ... Read More.....
17/07/13: TopoFly and Structure from Motion
Research in Visualisation
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Kieran Baxter on the use of aerial photography for digital production, survey, contextual interpretation and visual storytelling at the Centre for Stewardship in Falkland. This topic has a lot of potential touch points with Linknode's HistoryLens project for reconstructive augmented reality and geospatial visualisation for landscape ... Read More.....
21/06/13: ScotlandIS Awards
Runner-Up in "Best New Product"
Linknode are delighted to be have been voted runner-up in the ScotlandIS DigTech2013 awards for our VentusAR geospatial augmented reality solution in the best new product or service! It was a nerve-wracking experience as we got down to the final two and congratulations to Clear Returns!
The work and commitment to get a submission through ... Read More.....
19/06/13: SNH Visual Impact Consultation
Visual Representation of Wind Farms
Scottish National Heritage (SNH) provide good practice guidance for the visual representation of wind farms. Derived from research and publications for over 10 years the documents provide a standard for production of visualisation methods and methodologies that are used widely in Scotland and referenced widely. In 2012 a consultation and review process began on the guidance and ... Read More.....
29/05/13: VentusAR and All-Energy 2013
VentusAR Launches at All-Energy
That was the week that was! May 22-23 saw the launch of VentusAR, our unique tablet solution for mobile visual impact assessment at All-Energy in Aberdeen.
The All-Energy is what it says on the tin - an all encompassing show spread across the gigantic Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre plus overspill into two additional pavilions. Hosting ... Read More.....
15/05/13: Announcing HistoryLens
HistoryLens: Call for Partners
Today at the Museums and Heritage Show at Olympia in London Linknode announced a call for partners to be part of the HistoryLens development programme.
HistoryLens is GIality for local museums and heritage trusts - taking collections digitally back into the field with geospatial augmented reality. Using our 3D visualisation capabilities and positioning expertise the HistoryLens ... Read More.....
10/05/13: AmbITion Scotland AR Roadshow
Augmented Reality Roadshow
On Thursday May 9, Linknode were invited to present at the AmbITion AR roadshow in the wonderful Macrobert Arts centre at Stirling University (our local).
In the morning we ran two introductory workshops to QR codes - triggers enabling analogue-to-digital context commonly used by smartphones and tablets. QR codes are widely used in advertising, retail and the museums ... Read More.....
01/05/13: Happy Birthday to Linknode!
Happy Second Birthday
Linknode started business on 1 May 2011 and has been going from strength to strength with the support of our passionate team, our business partners and of course our valued clients.
Achievements in the first two years include growth in staff and turnover and the appointment of new Directors. We have received SMART: Scotland awards for research and development ... Read More.....
23/04/13: Positioning in Geospatial Systems
For geospatial applications, to understand where you are, and what is around you, there is a requirement to have a representation of your location and the location (or relative position) of other nearby objects. In this post we will look at the format in which your position is received from a GPS or other location sensor, how it can be ... Read More.....
09/04/13: Mobile Application Development
Linknode are an app development company. We have have a portfolio of apps available across different platforms and their stores. We focus on cross platform sensor driven applications that fit with in our Mobile Geography domain. This post is going to be a tour around our app portfolio and what we learnt along the way.
How it started: ... Read More.....
05/04/13: SMART: Scotland Grant
SMART: Scotland Grant
Linknode are delighted to have been awarded a SMART: Scotland feasibility study grant to support our development of 3D and mobile systems for GIality (geospatial augmented reality).
SMART: Scotland provides discretionary grants to Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Scotland. Categories for grants include technical feasibility studies and research and development (R&D) projects with ... Read More.....
26/03/13: Building Cross Platform Applications
Cross Platform Applications
Having an app is a very effective way of getting information out to your users on the move. However there are several device platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry etc.) to build apps for. The percentage market share of each platform means we decided to be inclusive and support as many platforms as practical.
IDC produce reports ... Read More.....
21/03/13: Scottish Renewables 2013
Scottish Renewables 2013
The 2013 Scottish Renewables conference & exhibition was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) this week. Linknode were exhibiting and presenting a preview of VentusAR.
Day Two – the Planning Conference – was of particular interest and the wind planning workshop was a very popular session. Kenneth Peterson of Gaia Wind discussed the continuing challenges for small developments in ... Read More.....
14/03/13: GIality – What’s that all about then?
GIality n. [jee-al-i-tee]
the convergence of geospatial data with augmented reality technology
the integration of real-world sensors for attitude, orientation, location and imagery with spatial data and services for visualisation tools for a mobile workforce and public
We live in a world that is increasingly mobile in every aspect of our lives; workforce; entertainment; family connections; leisure… and this brings ... Read More.....
13/03/13: Work For Us
Linknode is recruiting! We are looking for Software Development Engineer to join our web mapping business.
See our full advert here Read More.....