In case you missed it: I’m on the Guardian Cities blog

‘We can’t go to Iraq because it’s too dangerous’ ... Derrick and Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design in Sedbergh. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

‘We can’t go to Iraq because it’s too dangerous’ … Derrick and Elliot Hartley of Garsdale Design in Sedbergh. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

A week or so back I met with Stuart Jeffries a writer for the Guardian to chat about our interesting in work in Iraq and our exciting future in 3D.   The result was what seems like a popular article in the Guardian Cities blog.

Whilst many people have quoted other passages one of my favourites is this:

To my eyes, there’s a touch of the pleasure of playing video games to Elliot’s work – certainly it looks like great fun.

He’s not wrong!

Elliot Hartley and Stuart Jeffries hanging out...

Me and Stuart Jeffries hanging out…

I’ve read a lot of the comments, both below the article and on twitter.  To be fair I think it’s been quite a positive response, clearly the article didn’t address everyone’s concerns though.  As to the usual trolling well that’s the internet.   I think I will write a response to the article and post it here in the coming days, more for my therapy than anything else.  Thank you to all those who retweeted the story and responded both positively and negatively to the story, I genuinely mean that.

You can read more here.

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Sedbergh 3D in ArcGIS Pro

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted here sorry!   I’m getting ready for my Miami PathFinder workshop but as a bit of break I’ve been working with CyberCity3D data of my home town in ArcGIS Pro.  Here’s what I like, drag ‘n’ drop, split screen 2D and 3D and I love being able to connect the views so as I zoom and pan in 2D I get the same actions in the 3D pane (or vice versa).   You don’t have to have the, linked but it’s fun.   I also think being able to do 2D and 3D on one paper map layout is going to give us some interesting maps.

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If you’re based in Sedbergh and want to us this 3D model, please don’t hesitate to get in contact!

3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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Floor splits

Whether you do floor splits in CityEngine or another program, the results can look quite nice.   I thought I’d share some in progress screenshots (not a real project just a proof of concept).

The floor splits a recoloured using a color ramp function but you can feed in floor area or height as an attribute to change the colour.  As with everything CityEngine, this is only the begining..

Webscene by Garsdale Design Limited

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3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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Esri UC Q&A – 3D

As I’m only interested in the 3D part of Esri’s Q&A for the User Conference I thought I’d paste it here (I’ll probably have some commentary coming as well in a later post) :

More can be read on the official site here.

Esri has written questions and answers to keep our customers informed on our efforts in software development, products, education, and support; future plans in these areas; and our thoughts on GIS and the industry as a whole. Our purpose for sharing this information is to help our users be successful in their use of GIS. Please feel free to share with your colleagues.

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CityEngine Webscene : North American Urban Demo

I thought people would be interested in this webscene, I also thought I would embed it but then this page would take ages to load…

The webscene is really a mashup of 2D, 3D and custom rule files with a sprinkle of SketchUp modelling, I think it came out well…

Click here or on the image below to go the webscene page.

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Webscene by Garsdale Design Limited

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3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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Esri UC 2014 San Diego : My presentations

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Procedural Sheep? Ewe better believe it!

“Another conference?!” I hear you all say, well to be fair this one is a lot of fun, especially if you’re in the Esri world.  Although there is a lot here for you opensource types too (okay not about the software but the use of GIS at least).   Last year I did one presentation at the 3D Mapping forum before the main conference.  This year I’m doing two presentations one at the 3D & Lidar Mapping forum (with it’s own venue this year!) and one at the main UC.  Oh and I am meeting my business friends such as CyberCity3D

Working with CityEngine (and how to enjoy it)

So what will I talk about?  Well my presentation for the 3D Mapping forum is provisionally entitled “Working with CityEngine (and how to enjoy it)”.   This looks like a cop-out presentation title doesn’t it?  Well it’s not.

You see the people I talk to who have started to use CityEngine are often stuck in a GIS world or a 3D world or a planning world or an architecture world… you get the picture they’re in their own little professional bubble.   The idea of this presentation is to show how truly versatile CityEngine is and that thinking outside the box can help.   Come along and see if you don’t believe me!

Oh and the procedural sheep make a triumphant return!

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This won’t get too surreal…

Modelling Arabic Urban Cores using CityEngine

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My main UC presentation is really more technical for those interested in getting some ideas and help in how to model real world areas in CityEngine.    I’ll explore workflows and strategies which hopefully won’t give all my secrets away!

I’ll look at how I choose what’s an important in a scene and how to think about the limitations of 3D.

Days and times for my presentations:

3D Mapping Forum

  • Smart 3D Cities Track
  • Sunday, 13 Jul 2014, 1:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Location: Omni Ballroom A/B

2:30-3:00pm Working with CityEngine (and how to enjoy it) 

EsriUC 2014

  • 3D GIS Workflows and Design for Mass 3D Modeling
  • Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Location: Room 23C

 1:30-2:45pm (not sure on exact time I’m only one listed) Modelling Arabic Urban Cores using CityEngine

If you’re attending the EsriUC this year get in contact with me to chat about CityEngine and my company’s (Garsdale Design) services!

 

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Esri UK Annual Conference : the quick write up

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About 1400 people attended the event… and here they all are…

On the June the 11th 2014 Garsdale Design had it’s first UK conference booth, this was at the Esri UK Annual User Conference.  I’ve been sceptical of the value of this type of thing. I can go to the conference for free and meet people why do I need a booth?   Well I thought we should give it a go anyway.

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I may have done a little bit of showing off…. London by CyberCity3D

Thankfully I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the event.   Don’t get me wrong, no solid earth shattering revelations here and no paid jobs (yet) have come of it, but I have been able to meet and show fellow professionals what we can do for them.Main Page

The nature of what I’m offering does feel like I’m a big walking advert for CityEngine.   But that’s okay the more people who have CityEngine naturally means more people will be aware of it’s capabilities and just how much work is required to truly take advantage of this tricky piece of software.

The magic all happened here

The magic all happened here

If I had one criticism, it’s that the booths/kiosks were oddly arranged.   The monitor I had should probably have been on the other side.  In a hall this size no one should really have been behind a column either.. ah well.

As usual the Esri UK staff were great and it felt like a sizeable percentage came up to me to check I was happy!   All sorts of people were interested in my 3D CityEngine demo from planners, to airport employees, mobile communication companies and renewable types.  CityEngine and 3D products can be used in so many areas I sometimes wonder who won’t be interested in seeing what it can do with them.

What I’m discovering is that GIS data in 3D can be a truly compelling medium for many industries.   

Thank you to all those who dropped by and said ‘hello’, if you need more information or a demo just drop me a line….

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Esri UK Conference 2014

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It’s no secret my work for CyberCity3D here in the UK, not only do they have Sedbergh and Gloucester covered they also have London too… I’ve been producing promotional imagery from webscenes like this and thought you might like it.

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If you’re at the Esri UK 2014 Conference this next week come talk to me at the Garsdale Design Limited booth…  I’m give you a little demo too!

 

3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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