Exciting things to watch for from us this year

 

After a period of ‘radio silence’ I’m looking at doing more regular postings here.  As I’ve discussed before this blog is naturally a semi-official Garsdale Design blog as well.  As such we’re looking to have our Southampton colleague Nicholas Duggan contribute every so often.  Nick (or @Dragons8MyCat ) is a well known blogger and the European Editor for XyHt magazine as well as having vast GIS and mapping experience in the Nuclear and off-shore industry. 

Garsdale Design’s work in 3D GIS is well recognised in the Esri world, I’ve heard us called the ‘3D-Guys’ more than a few times from separate people/organisations now.  We’re looking to capitalise on our knowledge by creating a new brand (which will be launched soon) to separate ourselves a little from Garsdale’s Architectural, Planning and heritage business.   We’re also on the cusp of launching (subject to some bureaucracy, don’t ask) a 3D data service for people who just want their 3D basemap now.   If you’d like some more details you can contact us directly.

If you’re an Esri user you should start looking at ArcGISPro seriously now

We’re getting increasing numbers of enquiries for CityEngine and ArcGISPro training, not least because we are the official EsriUK CityEngine trainers!  I think this is mostly down to increased awareness of the 3D capabilities of the Esri platform (have you tried ArcGISPro yet??).  Planners seem to especially ‘get’ Esri CityEngine.   Also whilst there is much talk of BIM more and more organisations realise that BIM doesn’t sit in a vacuum and often requires GIS.  BIM is 3D and so knowledge of 3D GIS is required.

This year we hope to organise a geospatial mini-conference here in Cumbria, with some speakers and followed on by a couple of days of training/workshops.  If you’re interested in getting involved or coming along please get in touch.

Keep on the look out for our new brand, we’ll do a blog post here on launch day.  In the meantime if you need Esri CityEngine or ArcGISPro training contact us!

CityEngine Rule of the Week

It’s been a while since I’ve posted I know! Anyway this year the CityEngine team at Esri have been publishing ‘Rules of the Week’ videos not only that they’ve been publishing the actual rule files as well.

A great way to learn CityEngine is to look at the code other people have written, and who better to (ahem) copy form than the CityEngine team itself.

It’s a bit of a shame that the audio quality is so good in places but if you like CityEngine it’s well worth a view!

Season’s Greetings

Okay I’ve been unforgivably silent on the blog for quite a while.  Work has got in the way and we’re planning at Garsdale Design something big for 2017! Stay tuned.

A Merry Procedural Christmas from Garsdale Design Limited on Vimeo.

In the meantime have a very Merry Christmas and a productive peaceful 2017. 

Revisiting Cartographers Toolkit for CityEngine

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A longtime ago in 2013 I did a video demoing some color pallettes being used in CityEngine, I’ve decided to revisit that work making it compatible with CityEngine 2016.1 and adding additional features.  The rule now ramps Peterson’s colours based on building elevations, assign your rule and then choose the page number of your favourite Palette in the Cartographers Toolkit (just the palettes obviously) and click generate.  The rule uses CityEngine’s ability to query lists of data to make it all work.

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I always love CityEngine’s ability to become a flexible symbology tool, I may make this a rule package for use in ArcGISPro too.

 

 

OGC Meet – Dublin 2016

2016-06-22 09.29.53I was invited to present by Ordnance Survey International at the OGC Meet in Dublin last month.  Not having been to an OGC meeting before (or to be honest really knowing much about this influential group) I jumped at the chance.  Now, for a body called the Open Geospatial Consortium their meetings have a lot of closed doors and ‘members only’ provisions, which I find a little odd. However having said that these are commercial companies who wanting to collaborate with also means showing a little (or lot) of what they are doing.  So I understand the need for some protection here (being in private business myself)!

The day was interesting with lots of technical discussions, which I can’t tell you about, but even if I could I probably wouldn’t have been able to relay my understanding! My presentation was a little (ahem) less technical than others but it really boiled down to Garsdale Design’s experiences in 3D and with things like CityGML.  Which to be perfectly honest is not very much when it comes to CityGML!  Which is a pity because there clearly is a need for proper City 3D modelling standards in our industry and CityGMl goes a long way to filling that gap.2016-06-22 12.02.12