03/04/17: Places, People and Planning Consultation
There is just one day left to respond to the "Places, people and planning - A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system" proposal document. Closing on 4 April 2017, this is the current stage in a process started in 2015 and wit...

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 dominan...

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.           https://smartcitiesworld.net/governance/s...

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...

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 visualisatio...

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 ne...

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. Videomontage In June we created video montages for community engagement on Orkney with Hoolan Energy. http://blog....

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, St...

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 Ventus...

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 availabl...

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 ...

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 to...

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 s...

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 frost...

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 pro...

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...

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 be...

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 table...

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="al...

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 ...

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 ever...

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. T...

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 Ju...

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 u...

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 p...

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 tran...

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...

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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-36436284  The image bel...

27/05/16: Linknode Platoon!
To celebrate our 5th birthday, yesterday, we suited up for an afternoon of go-karting and strategic laser combat. GP3 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...

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 ve...

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 Stage Total Projects Total Turbines Con...

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 lo...

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. What's next? ...

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)...

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 li...

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 ha...

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 no...

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 developer...

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...

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 t...

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. So...

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![/cap...

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 spee...

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 abou...

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 h...

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 - ma...

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 En...

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 house...

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 en...

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 ...

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 a...

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 appli...

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 re...

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. www.UrbanPlanAR.com UrbanPlanAR is a Linknode R&D project in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University School of Energy, ...

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 a...

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 turbin...

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 adde...

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...

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 crea...

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 a...

16/11/15: Hackdays!
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. The Brief Produce an immersive Augemented or Virtual Reality experience. The Prizes A bluetooth...

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 feat...

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 ...

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...

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 nu...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

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 an...

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 res...

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 wi...

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...

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 a...

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 ...

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 develo...

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 upg...

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)....

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 com...

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 Arch...

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...

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?” Background As is well known (in the UK at least) the visual impact assessment (VIA) component of the envir...

24/04/15: Linknode are recruiting
We currently have an opening for a Sales and Account Management position. Description  An active role in sales and account management for Linknode’s VentusAR product. Leading customer acquisition and closing deals to meet targets for this exciti...

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 qui...

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...

01/04/15: Minecraft Makes Wind Farm Development Projects Accessible
Press Release 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 “considerab...

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 unli...

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 w...

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 ...

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 som...

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...

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 use...

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 vis...

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. [...

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. (...

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 onward...

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....

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 contai...

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 everythi...

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 ...

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...

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 fo...

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 ulti...

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 ...

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 ...

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, n...

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 ...

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 w...

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 asses...

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 op...

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 App...

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 ...

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 producin...

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="...

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 includi...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 in...

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 n...

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 advanta...

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 cr...

08/01/14: AGI SmeSpire Awards
AGI Award 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 imple...

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: ...

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 ...

22/11/13: 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 ...

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 Linkno...

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 (Ventu...

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 an...

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 o...

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 st...

14/10/13: Location, Location, Location
Glasgow 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 Squ...

30/09/13: The Power of One: Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe
International Markets 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...

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 ...

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 Bar...

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 Im...

10/08/13: Ian’s First Linknode Blog…
New Beginnings 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 ...

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 leadin...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 encompassi...

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 - ta...

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 - t...

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 inclu...

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 forma...

09/04/13: Mobile Application Development
Our History 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...

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 grant...

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...

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 Co...

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 mobi...

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...