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Month: April 2014

ArcGISPro Beta – Some screenshots & initial impressions

ArcGISPro Beta – Some screenshots & initial impressions

Before I write a main blog post about ArcGISPro I thought a couple of screenshots would be in order.  Initial impressions? Nice 2D & 3D integration, I like the ribbon interface (hope I’m not alone), but it can be very very slow and the PC specs seem pretty steep…

The layout features, like lasso and being able to put 3D on paper is big news for me.
The layout features, like lasso and being able to put 3D on paper is big news for me.

I’ve described the ribbon interface as a marmite moment, that is you’ll either love it or hate it.  Personally a contextual interface is far better and helps me concentrate on the important production of maps not trying to remember every hardly used tool…

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Mulitple dataframes in view plus the layout, all dockable, contextual ribbon interface, 2D/3D… ArcGISPro is ambitious in terms of it’s interface, functionality relies still on existing tool set in ArcGIS desktop and toolboxes.

Potentially one stumbling block in all of this, no not the speed or the crashing (which is an issue just not in a beta), well I think more people should have access to the beta.   It looks like if you have a Developer or Home ArcGIS online account you won’t as yet be able to use this.

Try and see if you’re eligable to download it from here : http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/

 

3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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National Tree Map & CityEngine : Part 2

National Tree Map & CityEngine : Part 2

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Hmmm not quite… finally a use for street view though!

So I’m checking for errors now…. the rule file properly calculates the radius from the area polygons I have from the National Tree Map.  There are some anomalies though…

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@geofeminina said of this screenshot “@elliothartley field check! #euroredwood onsteriods”

Overall I think this webscene is turning out rather nicely though….

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3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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National Tree Map & CityEngine

National Tree Map & CityEngine

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Bright green trees blocks, from a simple extrusion…

Well I’ve done something rash…. I’ve only gone and bought some National Tree Map data from BlueSky, with the crown size and point height I can now use the power of a rule file to realistically represent trees within my chosen study area (City of London).

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CyberCity3D data & BlueSky National Tree Map data (trees yet to have real height)

I’m not going to tell you how I did it, anyone who has used CityEngine will have an idea, and since this is my main business I have to keep something secret!

What does this all mean?  Well I think it means with access to data from OpenStreetMap and specialist data like this National Tree Map combined with 3D data from people like CyberCity3D, I’m really starting to wonder why we need a national mapping agency for some things…

 

3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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Lidar & Point Clouds in CityEngine? A quick workflow (sort of)

Lidar & Point Clouds in CityEngine? A quick workflow (sort of)

San Francisco OSM data plus CyberCity3D real world data plus CGA model
San Francisco OSM data plus CyberCity3D real world data plus CGA model, plus Lidar, plus a building split by floors, plus satellite imagery!

Without getting into too much detail now (I’m running out of time today) but you can get Lidar data into CityEngine with a bit of work, read on….

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