Just so you know I’m preparing posts on my recent trip to the ESRI EMEA User Conference and the Beijing Geodesign Conference… till then here’s a couple of photos (as proof!)
Why? because I can. Okay, there is a serious point here and that is data and GIS are a messy chaotic business (they shouldn’t be but they are). We don’t get things in neat formats always and just because you can’t see a reason why I’m using OpenStreetMap and OS OpenData together that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason.
After combining the data CityEngine handles the various elements, here I’m using the centre lines for creating roads (graph networks in CityEngine). Then I’ve put the resulting model back into ArcScene for some flashy but ultimately not that useful ‘line of sight’ and ‘skyline’ tools.
Okay, I keep coming back to this rule file tweaking various elements, this time I’ve added wind towers to it. Wind towers aren’t a feature of every old Arabic urban area (that’s why I’ve included a switch to turn them on and off), but it felt wrong not to include them…
There’s still room for improvement, every so often I get features hanging in mid-air, probably because of some of the odd shapes. The images below have are just taken straight from a webscene (no other rendering or enhancements). This time the shapes the buildings are built on are real world plots from a job we’re working on (believe it or not this is work here for a real planning job!).