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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 easy as pointing the iPad in the right direction and the new building shows in the camera feed at the right place.

upar_screen_2 There are plenty more exciting things to share with you over the coming months, including how visualisation works with BIM, video is changing everything and case studies of UrbanPlanAR in use.

If you would like to know more about the future of Urban Visualisation, drop us a line hello@urbanplanar.com, come meet us at Scotland BIM or find us on twitter @UrbanPlanAR #Viz4BIM

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.

Community Engagement for a Hoolan Energy Wind Development in Orkney

Buildings

We launched the buildings domain to allow our users to quickly assess buildings in VentusAR.

Assessing and Visualising Buildings in VentusAR

Pokemon Go

July came round and Niantic launched Pokemon Go. That is an interesting one to watch as the guy behind Niantic Labs was also the guy behind Google Earth.

What Does Pokémon GO Mean for AR?

UrbanPlanAR call for partners

Closer to home, we started looking for partners for UrbanPlanAR.

Invitation to Participate in the Innovate UK Visualisation Project :: UrbanPlanAR

Scottish Government Planning Review

The Scottish Governmnet planning review was published.

Planning Review Scotland – Greater use of 3D

Whats Coming up in 2017

Lots of things are planned for 2017:

  • We have been producing visualisations for some big infrastructure projects in grid and buildings domains (be sure to check back as we will publish case studies when they are in the public domain)
  • UrbanPlanAR is due to launch in April 2017, we are working with our partners to refine its use and produce a business model
  • More innovation coming across our products: presentation quality output – inlcuding more lighting and shadow options, dynamic visualisations and enabling a greater reach.

If you would like to know more about our visualisation processes and how we can help you communicate your project to stakeholders and the public, drop us a line: hello@linknode.co.uk.

VentusAR welcomes Gillespies Landscape Architects

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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 currently undertaking.

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About VentusAR

VentusAR is the only mobile visualisation tool to provide real world visualisations from where you are. Take the iPad or Android tablet any where and it will show how the view will be affected by the building of a project. Use it to inform assessment, produce high quality visualisation and better engage the public. To find out more about how VentusAR can save you time and money on landscape assessment project contact hello@ventusar.com

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 get a location and look direction for the iPad. Part of this approach uses computer vision techniques to identify what can be seen by the camera on the iPad and find a location from what can be seen.

UrbanPlanAR Testing

Out testing localisation in UrbanPlanAR at the Lyle Centre at Heriot Watt University

This is a new product we are going to launch early 2017. At the moment we are in the testing phases where we are trying the software in a variety of different locations and urban areas. If you would like to be involved in the development of UrbanPlanAR, then we are looking for partners. Read our Call for Data and Invitation to Participate (or just drop us an email hello@urbanplanar.com).

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 up with the hillside giving me confidence in what VentusAR is showing).

Photo of Dumglass

Photo of Dumglass

Wireline view created with OS Terrain 5 data

Matching wireline created with OS Terrain 5 data

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.

Cumulative Umbrellas

The cumulative umbrella’s show the spread and distance of any cumulative projects shown in the visualisation. These are shown on tablet screen and on PDF output.

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Umbrella’s showing Cumulative Project Extents

Advanced Lighting Controls

New controls have been added to allow users to change the lighting intensity and direction to produce a more realistic lighting effect in the photomontage. These controls are available in a separate tab called ‘advanced’ on the lighting control panel.

Advanced Lighting Controls

Advanced Lighting Controls

Further information and full details of the other features in VentusAR 5.1 can be found in the release notes for iPad, Android and the Portal

If you have any queries regarding these new features, or you would like to chat further about how VentusAR can help you with your visualisations, please give us a call on 0141 559 6170 or email hello@ventusar.com 

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 haven’t read the article it’s available on the BBC website

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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 single building project.

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