Last week Garsdale Design (that is myself and Matthias) attended, exhibited as well as conducted a workshop at the Middle East’s premier annual Esri GIS conference called GISWORX held in Dubai. This is hosted and run by GISTEC an Esri Distributor. Those who follow me know I’ve been before, in fact I was the guest speaker the first time around (The Power of Play).
It’s that time of year when a new release of CityEngine becomes available (okay we think it maybe the 9th of April)! Yes we would love more bug fixes and features added, but they’re a small development team so we shall forgive them (this time…).
offset, roofGable and roofHip operations: made offset / roof construction more stable on polygons with co-linear vertices and fixed a memory explosion bug.
cleanupGeometry operation: fixed bug which led to illegal material assignements (“filled holes rendering bug”) on edge cleanup for geometries with per-face-materials.
Fixed undefined behaviour if the same name was used for a scalar attr and a map attr.
CGA compiler: Parameteric rules and functions with a large number of parameters do not hang the compiler / CityEngine anymore.
get/setExportDatasetRelationships in FGDBExportModelSettings
get/setExportFeatures in FGDBExportModelSettings
get/setAddObjectAttributes renamed to get/setExportObjectAttributes in FGDBExportModelSettings
Several new methods in FGDBImportSettings
setFloat in ImageExportTerrainSettings
additional argument animate for View3D.restoreBookmark and View3D.setCameraPerspective
Selection behaviour change in UI changes behaviour of ce.selection(), ce.setSelection() in cases where shape has a model. To get the shape from a selection with shape and model, usece.getObjectsFrom(ce.selection, ce.isShape) instead of ce.selection()
I’ve been busy this weekend making some of my old demo videos more ‘presentable’! We (Garsdale Design Limited) purchased 3D Sedbergh off of CyberCity3D so that we had a test bed for 3D workflows and so we can go outside quickly and check the model ‘in the field’ as it were…
smart cities start with smart data
I personally wanted Sedbergh my home town in 3D as I’m quite frankly fed up of seeing cities get all the fun 3D data. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, forget smart cities, what about smart villages and towns?!
People really struggle with CityEngine and what it can do, this is understandable as CityEngine is a very versatile and technical software tool. We often start with pretty imagery and nice 3D models but we embed intelligence, the underlying 2D GIS data we already knew about. What we do (amongst other things) is create nice looking 3D basemaps and take your 2D data and make them attractive and importantly useful.
Okay for all you CityEngine users, you will need this patch…
Esri CityEngine 2014.1 FileGDB and CGA Compiler Patch
This patch addresses three issues in Esri CityEngine 2014.1. First, the FileGDB Importer now handles short integer fields correctly, instead of converting to a Boolean field. Second, the CGA Compiler is updated to version 1.4 which creates correct .cgb and .rpk files for rule files with styles. Third, a crash is fixed for handling polygons with holes. It is strongly recommended for all users to install this patch.
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!
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.