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Back story – “Master Planning Cities in Iraq” or “Sedbergh, where is it?”

Back story – “Master Planning Cities in Iraq” or “Sedbergh, where is it?”

Nasiriyah Overview

Well this is a topical post and it’s not a coincidence! Some of you who know me, know that I’ve been working on a number of city related projects in southern Iraq. Those that don’t, now do…

I’ve already written a couple of times about our Iraq projects more as a mention rather than a full article (apart from this one here “An interesting day at the office GIS & masterplanning in Iraq”), but those who haven’t I’ll give you some background.

For me it is very rewarding work but sometimes it is ‘just another day at the office’ work.  I’ve realised that many people have found what we do and where we do it from to be an interesting story.

…sometimes it is ‘just another day at the office’ work

  1. A family firm
  2. City Master Plans
  3. Iraq Projects
  4. What’s it like working on a project based in Iraq?
  5. Consultation
  6. Training
  7. Location, location, location
  8. Why am I in the Guardian
  9. Sedbergh – Yorkshire Dales or Cumbria

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

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.

Sedbergh 3D in ArcGIS Pro

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

CyberCity Black

Esri UC 2014 San Diego : My presentations

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!

 

Sedbergh in 3D

Sedbergh in 3D

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I’ve been looking forward to this dataset for a while, it’s my home town and it’s been the first production under the new CyberCity3D and Bluesky International agreement.

CyberCity 3D, a leading provider of advanced geospatial smart building data, has teamed with UK-based aerial mapping company Bluesky to create smart 3D city models throughout the UK. The Company also plans to integrate Bluesky’s National Tree Map into 3D Esri CityEngine scenes it creates with Esri UK and Cumbria, England-based Garsdale Design.
 

What this potentially means is small areas can now get 3D models much easier you don’t have to go and source your own stereo imagery in England now.  I won’t say it’s cheap but it is cost effective at least!

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Did I say that CityEngine 2014 is now live too?  I’m in heaven this week….

You can view the first draft Sedbergh Webscene on ArcGIS Online here (you need a WebGL enabled browser and being 3D it may need to be above average in performance)

The Goldilocks Project (CityEngine rule: parking and floor space standards)

The Goldilocks Project (CityEngine rule: parking and floor space standards)

This is not the post you were looking for....
This is not the post you were looking for….

So you came here wondering what side project I’ve got going on that I have to refer to a fairy tale?   Sorry to disappoint I’m still talking CityEngine.  Specifically it’s ability to take planning standards and work with them…

In this rule file I’ve fed a parking standard (1 space per 23 square metres of floor space) into a lot divided into a building and parking area.  When the buildings (parking garage and building) achieve the required standards (within a tolerance of course!) then they change colour from transparent red to white.

I’m going to be using this type of rule file a lot I think in the next year or so.  It’s adaptable and one that goes beyond a pretty model…