Verified Views / photomontages
Before Before and after images of a proposed development

These are accurately verified with use of survey and mapping data to correctly represent the scale and shape of proposals... The process involves the following:

- digital photography of existing views
- survey of camera location and reference points in the view
- accurate CAD modelling
- proposals perspective matched to the existing photographs

Very accurate verified views are usually more often required for urban developments where skyline issues demand the highest level of accuracy but we are now using cloud point survey data for rural locations too.
ZTV / ZVI Visibility Analysis
'Zones 'Zones of Theoretical Visibility' analysis is commonly used to describe the potential visibility of a development within surrounding environment, as predicted by computer analysis. The screening effects of existing building and woodland areas can also be assessed. These are often used in Landscape Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA) and required for planning applications.

Results can be represented most effectively in the following ways:
- a simple 'count' of visible points... suitable for turbines in a wind farm for example, or lighting columns along a new road
- a colour banded plan in which the magnitude of visibility can be displayed... this can be the actual vertical heights of a proposed building visible, or the 'subtended angle' visible in the vertical field of view of the observer (please call and we'll explain!)

Landscape Visual Capacity
Finding how the landscape can accommodate new development is a hugely beneficial analysis, whereby we can produce a colour-map of the landform to predict the maximum height of new development that will NOT be seen from key sensitive areas - such as conservation areas, historic landscapes, or other sensitive receptors.

Visual capacity analysis is used for site design to show what maximum building heights the landform will screen. The opposite is also possible - to map the best locations for a new landmark.
Virtual Reality
Popular with developers and designers - realtime 3D fly through of a landscape design to communicate proposals to planners and clients effectively for an iterative design process.

"I never believed it could be so useful"
Pauline Randall
Randall Thorp Landscape Architects, Manchester

We are particularly proud of the model we produced for Randall Thorp Landscape Architects and Peel Holdings. This was presented at a press meeting to show a fly-through of the proposals for the new racecourse, hotel, eco-village, equestrian and eventing facilities and golf course in the contect of existing open countryside and woodland in Salford

The model informed the design and planning process as well as becoming the basis for more detailed photomontages.

Architectural Visualisation and Animation
Particularly effective for showcasing urban developments, architectural modelling can provide a high level of realism the subject matter lends itself more effectively to precise detailed modelling, lighting effects and shadow simulation.

Animated Photomontages
A useful addition to wind farm photomontages is to animate the turbine rotors. This is a simple but effective method to demonstrate the effect of movement, since a moving turbine can easily catch the eye at a much greater distance than would be predicted by a static photomontage or wireframe view