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Posts will be slightly sporadic this week as I’ve been called out of London due to a family matter..

That said – we have a new Map of the Week post lined up, along with more Google Earth aerial panoramas and when we are back in the office the second part of the Oblivion Tutorial.

Just thought i would let people know.. in case anyone thought i was slacking ūüôā

Andy

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Yellow Pages in 3D

Visualising Cities over the web has concentrated recently on Google Earth, especially now version 4 supports textures. The problem with texture usage is slowdown and this is clearly evident in Google Earth when you load in even a small number of buildings.

The French Yellow Pages has just launched their own beta application featuring 3D streaming of Paris and its impressive. Running in Shockwave 3D it features basic textures on buildings – normally a single texture cloned along each facade – and simple roof structures. The roofs are mapped from a air photo and this adds considerably to the sense of place in the model. Another interesting addition is the use of ‘billboards’ for trees along the streets.

The question is that although we are all about visualising the city, does it aid navigation in terms of a Yellow Pages? We would argue that applications such as Google Maps are better suited to finding services in cities, possibly a view that goes against the point of the blog but having used the Paris model we don’t think we would have the patience to search and navigate in 3D. This is mainly due to the slightly slow loading times and framerates.

So the question is – is it eye candy or does 3D actually add to the Yellow Pages?

Thanks to Frank of the GEarth Blog and Gaby for the pointers to this. Franks GEarth Blog has an interesting post on this topic with regards comparisons with Google Earth.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Two New Lecturer Posts in CASA – Closing Date 12th July

We are pleased to announce two new lecturer posts here at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis:

Lecturer in Urban Analytics- Ref:1345485 

and

Lecturer in Spatial Modelling and Complexity РRef:1345477 

Closing Date 12 Jul 2013
Latest time for the submission of applications 2pm
About CASA

The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an initiative within University College London to develop emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with geography, space, location, and the built environment. As an interdisciplinary research centre expertise is drawn from archaeology, architecture, cartography, computer science, environmental science, geography, planning, remote sensing, mathematics, geomatic engineering, and transport studies. This generates a unique blend of personnel who operate from CASA and associated departments within UCL. CASA is a department within the Faculty of the Built Environment (http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk).

Salary

Salary will be dependent on experience. The minimum spine point for a Lecturer is Grade 7 spine point is 33 (currently £36,064 including London Weighting).  Applicants with significant experience and research publications may be appointed on Grade 8.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit an electronic application, completing the UCL Application Form.

The online application system is accessible from: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/

Full details of the posts and person specification can be found on the main UCL HR site: Lecturer in Urban Analytics and Lecturer in Spatial Modelling and Complexity

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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