It’s been a while since I’ve posted I know! Anyway this year the CityEngine team at Esri have been publishing ‘Rules of the Week’ videos not only that they’ve been publishing the actual rule files as well.
A great way to learn CityEngine is to look at the code other people have written, and who better to (ahem) copy form than the CityEngine team itself.
It’s a bit of a shame that the audio quality is so good in places but if you like CityEngine it’s well worth a view!
A longtime ago in 2013 I did a video demoing some color pallettes being used in CityEngine, I’ve decided to revisit that work making it compatible with CityEngine 2016.1 and adding additional features. The rule now ramps Peterson’s colours based on building elevations, assign your rule and then choose the page number of your favourite Palette in the Cartographers Toolkit (just the palettes obviously) and click generate. The rule uses CityEngine’s ability to query lists of data to make it all work.
I always love CityEngine’s ability to become a flexible symbology tool, I may make this a rule package for use in ArcGISPro too.
I was invited to present by Ordnance Survey International at the OGC Meet in Dublin last month. Not having been to an OGC meeting before (or to be honest really knowing much about this influential group) I jumped at the chance. Now, for a body called the Open Geospatial Consortium their meetings have a lot of closed doors and ‘members only’ provisions, which I find a little odd. However having said that these are commercial companies who wanting to collaborate with also means showing a little (or lot) of what they are doing. So I understand the need for some protection here (being in private business myself)!
The day was interesting with lots of technical discussions, which I can’t tell you about, but even if I could I probably wouldn’t have been able to relay my understanding! My presentation was a little (ahem) less technical than others but it really boiled down to Garsdale Design’s experiences in 3D and with things like CityGML. Which to be perfectly honest is not very much when it comes to CityGML! Which is a pity because there clearly is a need for proper City 3D modelling standards in our industry and CityGMl goes a long way to filling that gap.
Following on from GISWORX, another of my favourite geospatial conferences was the EsriUK Annual Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in Westminster. The venue was packed with probably over 2500 attendees. Of course all the interesting sessions were packed with professionals trying to learn as much as they can about what people are doing in our industry.
It was a successful day for Garsdale Design, some of our older 3D work was shown in the opening plenary. We then had our 3D visualisation work, completed using OS MasterMap and CyberCity3D data shown at the TfL’s presentation on the London Marathon road closures.
Did I also mention we won an award for our 3D visualisation and 3DGIS work on a variety of projects for clients? Well now you know!