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CityEngine, Unity and HTCVive : finally useful & accessible Virtual Reality?

CityEngine, Unity and HTCVive : finally useful & accessible Virtual Reality?

Walking around a 3D model of Birmingham which includes 3D buildings and symbology generated using CityEngine

I recently purchased an HTC Vive for some ‘out of hours’ Research and Development.   What strikes me is how quickly you can take 2D GIS data, turn it into 3D and walk around it in a Virtual Reality environment for testing out scenarios for urban planning or even visualising underlying data (think smart cities).  

like with maps and statistics you can lie with 3D visualisations

Like with most things it doesn’t have to be complicated, you need the right workflows and data but much of this is understanding requirements and matching your workflows to suit a particular need.   When dealing with GIS data you need to have an understanding of accuracy, projections and provenance of data as well, because like with maps and statistics you can lie/mislead with 3D visualisations.

Smooth terrains and 3D GIS buildings ready for your Unity developed game or tool!

This is quite incredible that we can go through multiple urban design scenarios in a day (modelling in CityEngine) analysing this data using Esri’s 3D Analyst extension (in ArcGISPro of course!) and then walking around the scenario in a fully immersive environment!   Yes most of the visuals need some polish but this kind of setup we could only dream of a couple of years ago.

3D GIS data integrated with CityEngine models in a game engine environment (Unity) how cool is this?!

We have the tools, we have the data it’s just a question of joining it all up.  If you need some guidance or help come talk to us at Garsdale Design because we’ve had the time to work on the workflows and datasets.

3D Analytics and Design : Webinar CityEngine & ArcGISPro demo

3D Analytics and Design : Webinar CityEngine & ArcGISPro demo

This is the high quality version of the software/workflow demo we did for EsriUK’s ‘Faces of Analytics’ webinar series.

3D Analytics and Design : Webinar CityEngine & ArcGISPro demo from Garsdale Design Limited on Vimeo.

3D London Model Demo in ArcGISPro

3D London Model Demo in ArcGISPro

3D London Model Demo in ArcGISPro from Garsdale Design Limited on Vimeo.

ArcGISPro Animation Sedbergh3D

ArcGISPro Animation Sedbergh3D

At Garsdale Design we’ve just got ourselves a Vimeo account for hosting videos.  In preparation for GISWORX 2016 we’ve been getting some demo videos together and I thought we’d share them with you!  

ArcGISPro’s new animation features are surprisingly easy to use and can give you some great results!  As per usual CyberCity3D buildings and Blue-sky International’s National Tree Map make an appearance.

Like this? Just wait till you see what Nicholas Duggan has done in ArcGISPro with our new mapping templates!

ArcGISPro and Environment Agency LIDAR OpenData

ArcGISPro and Environment Agency LIDAR OpenData

Just some screenshots of experiments I’m doing with the new Environment Agency LIDAR Opendata.  LASTools has been helping me a long the way too!  One thing I’ve noticed the press releases about the new point cloud data release all seem to show London… yet I can’t find that London data… Nevermind Liverpool is a better choice for me!

LIDAR data coloured purely by height
LIDAR data coloured purely by height
LIDAR data coloured by 'classification', this has some work to do I think!
LIDAR data coloured by ‘classification’, this has some work to do I think!

 

3D not just a numbers game…

3D not just a numbers game…

ArcGIS Pro 2D and 3D split view of Durham City trees, OS data and CyberCity3D data too
Lots of data, but the real power is combining the datasets 2D and 3D from multiple providers into one cohesive story

It’s not all about the numbers here! It’s also about the mix of datasets you use to do useful 3D analysis and make a compelling 3D web scene… I’ve been working with ArcGIS Pro and whilst I don’t think the product is there yet for most work I can see potential.

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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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