The intention of this blog is to discuss themes related to technology, geography and town planning. It’s a broad topic area I know but it should provide me with some material! The blog will be a place where you find out useful information such as methods to make maps, or cool plugins for SketchUp that I like.
So I saw this video on my LinkedIn feed and thought others might find it interesting, well worth a 27 minute tea break to watch. In this episode (I may need to go watch the previous ones too) they bring in Damian Fennell the Managing Director of CityScapeDigital (who we at Garsdale Design have done some work for) to chat about the rise of VR in the built environment sector.
If you’re in the design professions or gaming world this is a nice easy to watch video from a company called Lucas a Fit Out and Finishing Specialist. Here the presenters visit CityScape Digital’s office and talk to the MD about the increasing use of gaming technology and Virtual Reality in the design of the built environment
It’s going to be the way the whole process works
Damian Fennell – Managing Director CityScapeDigital
There’s some interesting discussion and I really am on-board with Damian’s observation about the direction of travel for the design professions here. He sees the “adventurous and innovative” doing VR and design now but in a few years it will just be the ‘defacto’ part of the process. Just another tool to help the consultant and client get their designs working. That’s what I see from all the CityEngine training I do at least!
The Lucas Show 4 - Virtual Design and Construction with Cityscape VR - YouTube
The Lucas Show 4 – Virtual Design and Construction with CityScape Digital (27 minutes)
this is the logical conclusion
Damian Fennell – Managing Director CityScapeDigital
A discussion on the merits of designing in VR are interesting, here I think Damian’s idea of allowing architects to sketch in VR and see their results generate certainly fit in with the technologies we have (think CityEngine capabilities in Unreal Studio for example) click and change building heights or facades etc.
This kind of 3D design/sketch work has been done by people I follow on twitter a notable person I follow Liz Edwards does amazing things with 3D sketch tools like ‘Tiltbrush‘. But she also has some examples of wondering around a first person shooter like Fallout fighting her way to a good view point and then doing art work using as if she brought her paints into Fallout. People who know me know that I like seeing what other professions are doing and at the moment people in the built environment industry are chasing the gaming and entertainment worlds! Perhaps this is the sort of thing designers who are used to paper would like doing?
I'm playing Fallout 4 VR as a roaming artist – using OVRdrop, I can paint in Photoshop with my Wacom while inside the game. Here are some paintings from my virtual sketchbook so far: pic.twitter.com/b3plSmH35t
Warning there is mention of the Digital Twin in this show for those who have a scepticism overload. It’s not buzzword if used correctly (in this case it is!) right?
For those taking notes CityScape Digital and Lucas mention working on projects in the Elephant Park regeneration scheme to deliver amongst other things 2,500+ homes.
Finally a really interesting point towards the end brought up about VR not being just for designers but being useful to the planning and consultation process. Would your stakeholders being able to walk around a proposal reduce anxiety about a new development and reduce objections? Would VR tackle the idea that people imagine the worst of a development if they can’t understand all the submitted drawings and documentation?
My current GIS of choice is ArcGIS Pro and has been for a while mainly because it does 2D and 3D so well and can run my CityEngine rule packages.
As with all software nowadays the release cycle is pretty quick so sometimes it’s hard to keep up! As part of the beta program I do get to see what’s coming and occasionally feedback to developers (when I have time).
Anyway ArcGIS Pro 2.4 is around the corner and from my perspective the beta has been pretty stable. So now come the videos from Esri about “What’s New in ArcGIS Pro 2.4” and also interestingly a video showing some of the ‘ideas’ site suggestions and what has been incorporated in this release. I personally like this and gives me reassurance that Esri are responsive to change when it comes to feature requests. Of course this is at their pace but that’s the deal.
Penn State’s Geodesign program is well known in the geodesign world, and they’re doing a bit of a marketing campaign. The campaign under #WhyIGeodesign also includes a dodgy quote from me, but they have made it into a small story map to.
•Partners sign MoU to co-engage on smart city and large transportation infrastructure projects to enhance collaboration, urban innovation, planning and simulation •Global partnership to start with China to advance the use of big data and artificial intelligence for game-changing BIM in one of the world’s leading BIM markets •Companies will leverage SuperMap’s GIS software and application platform and Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to define new customer experiences
VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France — June 4, 2019 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and SuperMap Software Co. Ltd (Shenzhen Stock Exchange 300036), a leading geographic information system (GIS) software and services company, today announced their intent to jointly engage on platform-driven projects for construction, cities and territories in global markets by combining their respective expertise and creating new guidelines for information exchange in these domains.
Under the terms of this memorandum of understanding, the two industry leaders plan to leverage Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and SuperMap’s GIS software and application platform to define new experiences for customers. They aim to promote the use of big data and artificial intelligence for smart operations and collaborative innovation to transform construction, cities and territories in global markets, starting with China, one of the world’s largest adopters of building information modeling (BIM).
In addition to this co-engagement, the companies plan to improve the exchange of their respective GIS and PLM publication data. The integration of 3DEXPERIENCity solutions powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for modeling and simulating construction, cities and territories with SuperMap’s unparalleled land mapping technologies will offer game-changing BIM innovation to model and simulate experiences for efficient decision-making during the entire lifecycle of buildings, railway networks, roads, highways, mobility hubs and other infrastructure.
“Our alliance with SuperMap will demonstrate the best solution in the industry to our prospects as well as our common customers. This will help create a digital twin experience of cities, railways, territories and other projects under development,” said Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions, Field Marketing, Global Affairs, Dassault Systèmes. “But this is only the beginning. As we increase our footprint in this domain, this alliance has the potential to address multiple cities and territories in China and globally. Smart city initiatives and large transportation infrastructure projects around the world offer the potential to anticipate and plan for more livable, resilient urban areas, yet require the successful collaborative innovation and smart operations we can jointly provide.”
“The development of big data GIS, 3D GIS and technologies alike has driven changes in many relevant industries, and promoted the upgrading of smart city application in multi-dimensions,” said Song GuanFu, CEO, SuperMap Group. “The deep integration between BIM and GIS has currently achieved breakthroughs in planning, housing construction, transportation, smart city and many other fields. The strategic cooperation with Dassault Systèmes enables us to jointly make technical innovations in BIM plus GIS areas and build up the CIM being the digital twin of the cities. Meanwhile, SuperMap and Dassault Systèmes also intend to engage in cooperation at multiple levels worldwide.”
The announcement was made in the context of evolving demographic trends and continuous investment in transportation infrastructure. According to the United Nations, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. By 2025, China will have 221 cities with one million plus inhabitants. Worldwide, an estimated $1.4 trillion will be spent per year in the next decade on transportation infrastructure.
About Dassault Systèmes
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 250, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com
3DEXPERIENCE, the Compass logo and the 3DS logo, CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, GEOVIA, EXALEAD, 3D VIA, BIOVIA, NETVIBES and 3DEXCITE are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.
SuperMap is a leading GIS software provider in Asia-Pacific. Over the past 21 years since its founding, SuperMap has been centering on GIS basic software for technical innovation and development. SuperMap’s market share in China has surpassed its international competitors and it is leading the industry in big data and the new-generation 3D GIS technologies, with users across more than 100 countries in the world and distributors or partners in over 30 countries. For more information, visit www.supermap.com.
Getmapping is a leading provider of aerial photography, LiDAR, digital mapping and web-based services across Europe and Africa. Working with carefully selected strategic partners, Getmapping deliver innovative solutions required to meet complex geospatial challenges.
Esri provide the world’s most powerful mapping and analytics software. Their commitment to helping solve some of the world’s most difficult problems aligns with Getmapping’s own core purpose of creating solutions to the challenges facing our planet.
The collaboration will integrate Getmapping’s high resolution 2D & 3D datasets with Esri’s cutting edge GIS software platform, the powerful combination will help customers take advantage of their investment in both GIS and geospatial data.
Dave Horner, CEO of Getmapping “Esri have recognised Getmapping’s professionalism, quality of service and ability to ensure customer success by welcoming them to the Esri partner network. We look forward to collaborating with Esri to give users more efficient and effective access to our diverse geospatial data.”
James Harvey, Partner and Alliances Manager, Esri UK, added “Esri are excited to welcome Getmapping into our partner network. Integrating Getmapping’s datasets and capabilities with the Esri geospatial cloud will provide customers the opportunity to gain business advantage through a greater understanding of where, why and when things happen. We look forward to working together to ensure the future success of this partnership.”
If you want to meet up at EsriUK’s event on the 21st or at GEO Business on the 22nd, you can send me a message on social media twitter, LinkedIn or using the EsriUK conference app if you’re feeling adventurous. Happy to chat about 3D geospaital, urban modelling, smart cities, City Information Models, and of course Esri CityEngine training and consultancy.