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.Planning_Report

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 planning system.

The report makes reference to the work of Linknode in the use, acceptance and value of 3D visualisation in planning, especially for real-time, in-situ visualisations for better contextual understanding of change and development (George – our technical director – was especially pleased as the report includes a photo of him using VentusAR at Clyde Wind Farm).

GBIt details the importance of digital equivalence in planning and how future advances in 3D visualisations should be embraced by local authorities and developers at earlier stages in the planning process to improve engagement and understanding.

Linknode entirely support this direction and look forward to on-going participation in the development of 3D visualisation in planning & development in Scotland and beyond. To be involved further, review the “Places, People and Planning” consultation of the future of the Scottish Planning System with opportunities to respond.

Report History and Scottish Planning Review

As previously blogged, this is part of the Scottish Planning Review that started with a call for evidence in September 2015.  The response to this was published in July 2016 (our comments here), leading to the commissioning of a report in October 2016 into the use of 3D visualisation technology in planning for new development.  This was funded by the Planning & Architecture Division of the Scottish Government.

Case Study: VentusAR

Out of the 44 bits of technology mentioned in the the report, our VentusAR and UrbanPlanAR solutions for delivering visualisations is noted as the only mobile augmented reality tool (see Annex A for full list).  Of course, we are also based in Glasgow making our contributions innovative, relevant and local!

The report provides a case study on VentusAR for providing in-field Augmented Reality for Agri-Renewables. The key benefits highlighted in this case study are:

  • The use of real world imagery (still or animated) provides high levels of realism for use at early stages of a project.
  • A low cost and level of risk associated with the investment in the visual representations.
  • The incorporation of real-world video enables the representation of movement in the landscape (e.g. swaying trees, vehicles) […] and thus important in coherent representation of a scene of proposed change.
  • Coherence supports the impression of credibility of visualisations.

About VentusAR

We are already providing our clients with the tools to better visualise and communicate their developments. Our online case studies include:

Green Cat Renewables

Greencat Solar visualisationWhen using VentusAR, GreenCat Renewables estimate they save 30% of the time required to visualise and assess Solar and Wind projects. Read the full case study.

 

LDA Design

VentusAR - Wind Turbine Visualisation LDALDA Design benefits from being able to rapidly evaluate projects early on in the development lifecycle and being able to clearly communicate information to clients and consultees. Read the full case study.

Hoolan Energy

Aerial photography of the Hesta Project

Hoolan Energy used VentusAR to do better public engagement for the Costa and Hesta wind projects in Orkney.   Read the full case study or watch the videos: Costa and Hesta.

 

Find out More

You can read more about VentusAR (our product for delivering visualisations in a rural environment) and UrbanPlanAR (for creating visualisations in an urban environment).

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

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.

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 my incessant singing of Christmas songs…. my favourite being ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ by Bing Crosby…. )

Enjoy 🙂

 

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 on the media pages
  • New baseline panorama options
  • Render rename support
  • iOS 10 and iPad Pro9 support

iPad VentusAR

VentusAR 5.3 is expected in early 2017.

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