Interface picture from report

User friendly visualization of urban and building specific data – Lærke Philipsen & Mads Harding Møller

Project name: User friendly visualization of urban and building specific data

Project student: Lærke Philipsen & Mads Harding Møller

Publication: Brugervenlig visualisering af byplans- og bygningsspecifik data (Danish, educational)

Course type: Special project, Autumn 2012

Supervisor: (Al)Fred Heller

Summary: The idea of the project is basically to visualize complex data for decision making. Similar to the Google Map idea, you visualize e.g. energy data at any level of zoom. You can show data on maps (GIS) in 2D, zooming in still visualizing in 2D. When zooming even further, you will see the streets visualized in 3D with data represented on the relevant surfaces (e.g. solar energy potentials, potential for green roofs and much more). When zooming even further, you enter the building and get very detailed data visualization on surfaces but also on the plan sketch of the buildings.

The report gives a lot of pointers to ideas for visualizations. The result is a proof of concept in paper form (see report above).

Vision talk: Visualization is very important for supporting decision making. If we are to decide the changes that are demanded to reach a sustainable future, the decision making process involves very complex data that is easier to be understood, when communicated visually. Hence this project gives a first idea of what can be done.

Next step: To implement the solution in a digital prototype.

Copenhagen did it! See the report on the implementation by 3D bymodeller til screening for potentialet for solceller og grønne tage and look at it yourself at .

Google did it! See the Google Indoor “Maps” solution that has different names “Plan” “Indoor maps” …

The interest for further implementations of the ideas is broad. We are looking for students to follow up including BIM, GIS and other technologies, visualizations and app implementations.