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UCL Quad – Procedural City and Lumion Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 03:24

The Quadrangle at University College London was designed by William Wilkins and constructed between 1827 and 1828. It is a natural building of urban research as its surroundings provide a mix of architectural styles. The 3D model of the quad was built using SketchUp with photos grabbed via a mobile phone – quick and simple.

UCL Quad - Lumion

UCL Quad – Lumion

Regular readers will recognise the model from our previous Elder Scrolls IV Game Engine work. We found the model on an old hard drive for a group of students working on a new UCL project. As such we took the opportunity to  load it into Lumion and add it into a future Bloomsbury created using CityEngine. Finally, the falling cubes (CASA branded, home of digital urban) are via 3D Max, linked in from a previous tutorial on Mass FX:

The building is centered on a Corinthian portico, after the completion of University College London Wilkins went to design the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

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AR Navigation System for Pedestrians – Android App Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 02:39

Sung-Hyun Jang, one of my Ph.D. students here at CASA, has launched an Android app called AR Navigation System for Pedestrians.

The app is a part of his Ph.D. studies, and is an attempt at visualising geographic information via an augmented reality interface.  Specifically, the app provides navigation information via both map interface and an augmented reality interface.

AR Navigation Application

AR Navigation Application

The app was written in Java using the Android SDK, and uses the Google Maps API and the Google Direction API. Going forward, Sung is looking to use the app to research Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and in particular to help him investigate spatial knowledge acquisition.

You can learn more about app at http://www.pinenutapps.com/arnavi/index.html.

The app is available at Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinenutapps.arnavi)

 

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Developing Classical and Contemporary Models in ESRI’s City Engine – CASA Working Paper 191 Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:09

CASA Working Paper 191 – Developing classical and contemporary models in ESRI’s City Engine – is now available to download.

By Flora Roumpani, The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London:

Abstract

Working Paper 191

Working Paper 191

In this paper we describe the development of projects which aim to explore the use of procedural modelling as a complete toolkit for building interactive visualizations of urban modelling theories. We will use three case studies, starting with the original von-Thunen model, a generalization of von-Thunen using multiple centres and finally the standard dynamic retail model by Wilson and Harris. We will discuss the advantages and limitations in using ESRI’s City Engine and the use of interactive techniques, to visualize and explore classical and contemporary urban modelling theories, by introducing spatial interaction and spatial dynamics within the simulation of a 3d city. In this framework, we provide a guide for developing urban models to aid better analysis and understanding of the urban environment through 3d urban visualizations, complexity theories and interactive systems.

Download the working paper (8.5Mb pdf)

The full working paper series can be viewed on the main CASA site – http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/casa/latest/publications/working-papers

Follow the work behind the working paper at en-topia.blogspot.co.uk

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Developing Classical and Contemporary Models in ESRI’s City Engine – CASA Working Paper 191 Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:09

CASA Working Paper 191 – Developing classical and contemporary models in ESRI’s City Engine – is now available to download.

By Flora Roumpani, The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London:

Abstract

Working Paper 191

Working Paper 191

In this paper we describe the development of projects which aim to explore the use of procedural modelling as a complete toolkit for building interactive visualizations of urban modelling theories. We will use three case studies, starting with the original von-Thunen model, a generalization of von-Thunen using multiple centres and finally the standard dynamic retail model by Wilson and Harris. We will discuss the advantages and limitations in using ESRI’s City Engine and the use of interactive techniques, to visualize and explore classical and contemporary urban modelling theories, by introducing spatial interaction and spatial dynamics within the simulation of a 3d city. In this framework, we provide a guide for developing urban models to aid better analysis and understanding of the urban environment through 3d urban visualizations, complexity theories and interactive systems.

Download the working paper (8.5Mb pdf)

The full working paper series can be viewed on the main CASA site – http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/casa/latest/publications/working-papers

Follow the work behind the working paper at en-topia.blogspot.co.uk

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Colours: A Live London Weather Dashboard Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:05

Here at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis we run a Davis Vantage Pro 2 unit with Solar and UV sensors from a rooftop on Tottenham Court Road. The current output is via our live ‘Weather Dials‘ page, which is all singing and dancing, complete with graphs and updates every 2 seconds. Sometimes however there is a need for something simpler, a dashboard style view that changes background colour to a variety of pantone shades according to temperature:

Colours - London Live Weather

Colours – London Live Weather

Made with a tablet in mind and to hang on a wall, ‘Colours’ is designed to be a simple weather application for London at a glance, data updates every two seconds.

Backgrounds

Backgrounds

Thanks go to Ollie from CASA for the background script and the NounProject (Adam Whitcroft) for the icons.

View it live at http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/weather/colours.html

 

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