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Esri UC 2014 San Diego : My presentations

Esri UC 2014 San Diego : My presentations

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!

This won’t get too surreal…

Modelling Arabic Urban Cores using CityEngine


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!


Esri UK Annual Conference : the quick write up

Esri UK Annual Conference : the quick write up

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About 1400 people attended the event… and here they all are…

On the June the 11th 2014 Garsdale Design had it’s first UK conference booth, this was at the Esri UK Annual User Conference.  I’ve been sceptical of the value of this type of thing. I can go to the conference for free and meet people why do I need a booth?   Well I thought we should give it a go anyway.

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I may have done a little bit of showing off…. London by CyberCity3D

Thankfully I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the event.   Don’t get me wrong, no solid earth shattering revelations here and no paid jobs (yet) have come of it, but I have been able to meet and show fellow professionals what we can do for them.Main Page

The nature of what I’m offering does feel like I’m a big walking advert for CityEngine.   But that’s okay the more people who have CityEngine naturally means more people will be aware of it’s capabilities and just how much work is required to truly take advantage of this tricky piece of software.

The magic all happened here
The magic all happened here

If I had one criticism, it’s that the booths/kiosks were oddly arranged.   The monitor I had should probably have been on the other side.  In a hall this size no one should really have been behind a column either.. ah well.

As usual the Esri UK staff were great and it felt like a sizeable percentage came up to me to check I was happy!   All sorts of people were interested in my 3D CityEngine demo from planners, to airport employees, mobile communication companies and renewable types.  CityEngine and 3D products can be used in so many areas I sometimes wonder who won’t be interested in seeing what it can do with them.

What I’m discovering is that GIS data in 3D can be a truly compelling medium for many industries.   

Thank you to all those who dropped by and said ‘hello’, if you need more information or a demo just drop me a line….

Esri UK Conference 2014

Esri UK Conference 2014

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It’s no secret my work for CyberCity3D here in the UK, not only do they have Sedbergh and Gloucester covered they also have London too… I’ve been producing promotional imagery from webscenes like this and thought you might like it.

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If you’re at the Esri UK 2014 Conference this next week come talk to me at the Garsdale Design Limited booth…  I’m give you a little demo too!


3D Building Data from CyberCity3D

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