16 July 2019

New Digital Service To Assess Cumulative Impact On-Line

Categories: Budge PR | Published: 12/11/2014 | Views: 1429
The UK’s first on-line service to search and report on the cumulative visual impact of onshore wind turbines has been developed by Linknode.

Launched at RenewableUK 2014 in Manchester on 11 November, this new data service can cut the time taken for assessments from ‘weeks to minutes’, slashing costs for wind farm developers, local communities and public bodies involved in assessing planning submissions.

It is available immediately to existing customers and, from late November, will be integrated into VentusAR v2.1, the latest version of Linknode’s visual assessment mobile app for tablets, launched originally in 2013.

Drawing on a database of 27,000 turbine locations across the UK, a search around proposed new sites will immediately return turbine locations and details for all existing and planned wind farms. Currently, assessment by developers or planners can be extremely costly, involving numerous time-consuming searches. This can make small projects prohibitively expensive and delay large developments, due to complexity.

Cumulative data can also be instantaneously incorporated into the VentusAR 3D visualisations, or integrated with previously captured photography, to validate the overall impression of change in the landscape or from residential properties. More information at www.linknode.co.uk

Crispin Hoult, Director, Linknode said, “We are very proud and excited to be the first in the UK to launch a service of this type, which is the product of more than twelve months concentrated research and development work between ourselves and our data partners. We believe it is an important time saving and cost cutting enhancement to VentusAR’s capabilities and, as such, we are confident it will meet with a favourable response from developers, communities and planners alike”.

The original VentusAR system developed by Linknode includes a portable solution running on iPad and Android tablets, allowing fast, easy, effective wind farm visualisation in the field. This reduces development time and risk for developers and consultants during feasibility and site assessment. The application also supports the consultation process by increasing understanding and lowering uncertainty for planners and the public.

VentusAR allows a proposed wind farm development to be visualised from any location, pre-planned or not. It increases engagement, improves communication and can shorten development cycles leading to lowers costs, improved use of resources and time saving.


Linknode are specialists in creating fast, fluid and innovative cross-platform mobile applications and augmented reality systems using sensor integration (GPS, camera and phone orientation) for the renewables, culture & heritage, leisure and tourism domains with the convergence of 3D data, location and visualisation – GIality (www.giality.com).
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