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Posts Tagged ‘cities’

Taxing the sun?. Yes, in Spain this seems to be possible.

2015/04/09

Absolutely ashamed by my government’s insane policies on this regards, Spain is now (…) attempting to scale back the use of solar panels – the use of which they have encouraged and subsidized over the last decade – by imposing a tax on those who use the panels. The intention is clearly to scare taxpayers into connecting to the grid in order to be taxed. The tax, however, will make it economically unfeasible for residents to produce their own energy: it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers. And that is exactly the point. (…)

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Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2013/08/19/out-of-ideas-and-in-debt-spain-sets-sights-on-taxing-the-sun/

While we see anywhere else in the world this is being encouraged we don’t, we do exactly the opposite… but if you wonder why this could happen in a allegedly developed country like mine i herewith let you know the reason why… not to compete with other energies or more exactly other big companies providing that energy. A shame or even more than that, a fu***** shame.

So you encourage sustainability and now you discourage it?. In a country like Spain with such an incredible unemployment rate, which slowly reduces this figures at the expense of lower wages, winning competitiveness but losing anywhere else!!! (Mostly if we have cities with +3000 hours of sunshine a year!)

Anyway, trying not to get too upset after writing this words and also trying to make this makes sense in a GIS blog i will try to show you how Lon Angeles county in the US is encouraging the installation of solar panels, ranking all 2010 parcels according to wattHours per square meter. Isn’t it a politically and technically state of the art approach? Yes in my opinion it is, indeed.

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http://egis3.lacounty.gov/dataportal/2015/04/07/solar-data-summarized-to-2010-parcels/

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Important Note.  The shapefile includes 4 fields that are summaries of the solar potential:

  1. Rank 1 – Square feet of roof receiving excellent solar input (> 1.4 million wattHours per square meter)
  2. Rank 2 – square feet of roof receiving good solar input (1.15 – 1.4 million wH/meter squared)
  3. Rank 3 – square feet of roof receiving poor solar input (950,000 – 1.15 million wH/meter squared)
  4. Rank 4 – square feet of roof receiving negligible solar input (< 950,000 million wH/meter squared)

Hope you like this post, if so, share it.

Kind Regards,

Alberto C.L.
MSc GIS and worried about “government insanity”.

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Visualizing LAS LIDAR data with sketch-up

2010/07/02

While trying to figure out the way to get a 3D model from raw Lidar data, I first opened my LAS file in Global Mapper, exported it to DXF, imported then into Sketch-up and after recording a few scenes, I saved the animation… this is it!.

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Map24.com; My favorite route planner!

2010/06/03

My very good friend Fernando (a spanish/english like friend of mine:-)) introduced me this magnificent route planner he was using at that moment (three years ago!!!!)… map24.com had a very interesting 3D engine, very easy to use and very reliable… I’ve been using it since but it has never been one of the most famous among route planners in the market…

I strongly recommend it and i really like it a lot! enjoy!

http://www.es.map24.com/
http://www.map24.com/

Alberto Concejal
geographer, 3d designer & 3D GIS technician
albertoconcejal [at] gmail.com

ComputaMaps completes 3D Digital Models of stadiums hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

2010/03/04

Hi there, let me please show you guys my latest 3D job. I assume mine is the worst among these incredible 3D models created by my argentinian colleague Lisandro Baibiene (and very good friend by the way) …but I am proud they counted on me and allow me to join this winning team… hurray South Africa 2010!. The last one is mine (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria (Tswane, SA). Hope You guys like them.

Alberto Concejal
3D GIS Technician
albertoconcejal [at] gmail.com

Cape Town, South Africa/Karlsruhe, Germany – 21 September 2009 – ComputaMaps, a leading geodata manufacturer and supplier, announced at Intergeo 2009 the availability of 3D photorealistic models of the stadiums of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa next year.

2010 FifaUsing the latest in 3D software ComputaMaps created real world, fully interactive, geographically accurate 3D models of all 10 stadiums, that combine a photorealistic look with GIS precision. Designed for use in various applications such as navigation, location-based applications, news and media, internet platforms, visitor guides, and on mobile devices, the advanced models provides customers with a three-dimensional experience to browse and explore the 2010 Soccer World Cup venues.

The release of the stadium models builds on the company’s suite of digital 3D city models, presently available for more than 50 cities worldwide.

Three-dimensional models are available for all 10 World Cup stadiums across South Africa:

Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth

Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Tshwane/Pretoria

More of my 3D video edited scenarios.

2009/08/16

Please, dont forget to turn on your speakers. Even if i first used a different score and Youtube’s elfs told me not to use it (because of copyright authoring) I have chosen this music from their stuff and this is what I finally got…

Hope you like it.
Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician and Multimedia Designer
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

Georreferenced pictures. Geovisualization live!

2009/08/04

You find a picture you like and convert it to 3D in a few steps:

Step1: Find a picture you like:

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Step2: Now Open your Google Earth and go to Tools/Add/Photo:

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Step3: You have it with the same perspective… you can even navigate inside the picture… This is just within a 3D model, now imagine if you have pictures from your trips… you can share their position with your friends just saving these files into a KML!!!… We’ll check it soon!.

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Modelling Madrid 3D. Geovisualization live!

2009/07/29

And now, Let’s start with a 3D model… this is not very simple thou…

First of all we have a flat /2D scenary at GE, no much more than 50 cm of resolution. The place is very close to Madrid downtown, a very big neighborhood called Moratalaz…we will find there two very big towers of about 50 meters high:

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As I said in the last post now we first open SU (Sketch-up by Google) and click on ‘get current view‘… This is more or less what we will find:

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Let’s start modelling…I’m not telling you here the way you should model it… I’m just telling you that It is a PIECE OF CAKE!!!!!!!… This model has thousands of pieces but I just spent about 15 hours in modelling them all…

I have used something called ‘components‘… this means that you -for instance- design a floor and later on you can repeat it as much as you want… all you change in that floor will be repeated in the rest of them… didn’t I tell you that it was EASY???… Let’s stop saying nonsense and check it out!

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Now let’s texture it!. As this is not an architectural model, this is just a building we want to visualize in our 3D scenery (now you know something else about geovisualization, nothing to do with Architecture as you can deduce from it)… we have just used a few textures (less than 5, more than 2…a few! I told you!).

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Now that we have just added textures all we have to do is clicking on ‘place model‘ in our SU:

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And finally switching to our GE to check it out…

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Exactly georreferenced at 40°24’21.08″ N – 3°37’30.22″ W…

Do you like it?. It’s not that difficult isn’t it?. Do you dare to do something similar in your country… I’m sure yes!.

Alberto
GIS Technician.
BA Geography, MSc GIS.
Multimedia designer

albertoconcejal -at- gmail.com

Modeling from scratch. Geovisualization live!

2009/07/29

This is what we first have, a low resolution image taken from Google Earth (GE) visualization engine. This area is a small town within La Rioja, NE of Spain, about 300 km from Madrid. The town is called Muro en Cameros.

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First of all we have to find a better resolution imagen beacouse is absolutely impossible geting the shapes of the buildings without a better one… I find it in the SIGPAC website (you can find a link by your right side->).

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Let’s see the difference between these two scenaries…

Before:

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After:

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Now, Let’s start modelling!!!!!. We open our Google Sketch-up (SU)…

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We should clic on this icon to get our current GE view… Very easy as you can see… 

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Now let’s start modelling… Isn’t it easy?????.

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we will check it very soon!

Alberto

albertoconcejal-at-gmail.com

Modelado 3D. Escenarios subterráneos en red de alcantarillado de varias ciudades españolas

2009/07/27

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Map Services. Life and death of GEOAIM.

2009/01/30

We started thinking  about this project on March 2007 after myself and two of my Master’s colleagues noticed we had three different profiles we could combine and build a GIS company… This way GEOAIM gave birth.

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A BA Biologist, a BA Environmentalist and a BA Geographer, three GIS and Remote Sensing Master’s degrees (MSc) a Multimedia designer, contacts and lots of hope…

We first developed a GEOTOOL to geolocalize those cranes used to clean high buildings (‘pérgolas’ in spanish), we served them inside a map  and show them to everybody that could be interested in that…

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We had a bunch of visits in less than one month!!!. Uau!.

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From all over the world!!. Well, from Europe and the USA mainly 🙂

We were awarded with a sponsorship of 30.000 € by the Basque Government  (as one of us was a basque citizen) but we couldnt barely take advantage of it… We split (!) as a result of a personal crisis of one of the members of the company… SHAME!!!… But anyway, it was definitely worth it…

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Two of us keep on being friends and there is no place for personal crisis (we are still very young!!!, hahaha) and we could likely start a new project in the future or simply keep on being friends and keeping on sharing a few beers while we watch a rugby game or whatever…

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This is the (short) story of a small company that never saw the light but was definitely very interesting as a life experience!… Hey mates, GIS is not just professional stuff, sometimes it’s part of LIFE.

Alberto

albertoconcejal -at- gmail.com