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Visualising City Wide Data: London Retail and Office Space

By May 5, 2009 One Comment

The movie below is a visualisation of office and retail space in London. Using data kindly supplied by the Economics Unit at the Greater London Authority, Duncan Smith a PhD student here at CASA has calculated the amount of retail and office in London per 500 metre grid square:

Duncan carried out the analysis in ESRI’s ArcScene as part of his PhD. Intriguingly it is possible to export from ArcScene into Autodesk’s 3D Studio Max allowing a much higher level of visual fidelity. Of course once it is in max you can then export to a number of other platforms, such as Unity as our previous post explained using the same data.

Here at CASA we have just completed the initial phase of our London database, as such we will be exploring more ways to visualise city based datasets in forthcoming posts.


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

One Comment

  • This is a very good tool to help with retail demographics. I’m a little stunned that it too 36 hours to render… It would be nice to export the model into google earth.