Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sensor Update

For so long, I have always thought that to track how a building is running, what machines or devices are running, I had to install sensors into the element and or object. That seems to have been turned on its head with a new single sensor board, that seems to use sound, and a smart algorithm, to analyse each sound to determine what is creating the sound, ir opening a microwave door, a window, or just entering the room.

The video below outlines the product. as yet I can't get one, but as soon as it becomes available I will purchase a few and trial them out.

Follow this link to the official site for more info, and the Academic paper describing this unit.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Browser or downloadable program

On Thursday of this week, I attended the Google Next cloud event in London, ausum, not just good but totally, aussum, and I say that not because of the free lunch, but the presentations, and information the way I was received, and the help I got from all the Google Staff.

So first, the reason I attended, was to learn about data, the way Google Handles it and how I can tap into this, using the wide breadth of storage they offer, but also to tools. It's here you suddenly understand the breadth of the capacity Google has, its in a world of it's own, they talk in numbers that only a few can really comprehend, and at speeds, I just look at and wonder.

For some, the type and format of the products offered by Google is an easy choice, but for me, it's not so easy, this video has some answers:

But for my sort of work I think it's spreadsheets, this video on Google Cloud give me more info

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lesson Plan

In the early days of my slight change in career, from simply running my small practice, to being a Professor, I would be asked to run a lecture, so I made the slides and loaded them up, ran the lesson and was mightly pleased at the result, but come the next year, I found that I have added similar slides to the set, for other years and slightly different classes, that I could not remember which slides I used last time, and the over all format I used.

So I went in search of a lesson plan, and whoooo, there are so many, and so many reason, layouts, formats and styles. So I sat back and played about with different ideas, this was over a few weeks. I left it dfor a while, and tried again, this time fixing a style I likes, see todays photo.

My lesson plan works for me, I tweek it every now and then, but for the past year its worked well, I use it not only to itemise the slides I want to use, but why. My most recent addition is the pre lesson reading list, articles or books I want the students to read, prior to my lesson.

In my slides I so often add a post lesson reading bibliography, but if I am using several slides, this get a little mixed up, so I have also added a specific post lesson list to the Lesson Plan.

I tried to use the slides themselves to organise my lessons, but this failed, I got so mixed up, so now I keep them is generic folders, and use the lesson plans to list my slides, its so much cleaner.
My next question is do I issue it to my students, so far my lesson plan has been my own aid, but having shown it to a few past students, I got great feedback, so for my next lecture I will add a link to Moodle.
I am a massive fan of Google Slides and Docs, the way it works and how I can share docs without actually sending pdf copies is great. I can update add items and know the next time they look at it, its the latest version.

This latest lesson plan is written in a spreadsheet, I like the way I can organise, but it adds its own problems to formatting, specifically bullet point lists, so I have added a link at the bottom to a way to fix this. But I have plans to revise it, make it better, and currently I am looking at a new format, thats simpler and more specific.

If you want a copy let me know, but the photo today is of a complete day

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Is Planning in a Digital Stoneage

I recently read an excellent set of White papers issued by the RIBA re planning, and its almost antiquated approach to both the application method and its use of digital drawings and the data it contain.

Its not the first time I have approached this subject, but I was so pleased to see the article in the Vol 25 issue 2 issue of TcT magazine.

The White paper which the link above takes you to, consists of several different papers all loosely linked on the subject of digital planning.

Quite rightly the author takes a look at the actual application process and takes it a little further to look at the file naming structure, and the ability for search engines to find and load the application, not so simple in current planning sites.

The use of Digital applications at planning will encourage Smart City's a reality, the video below I think shows a way forward.

They mention City GML, and IFC, GML an open city standard, together with IFC and its open standard between the different CAD packages, allowing standard readers like Solibri.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Understanding just what is meant by "Smart City"

In my last post, I took a quick look at Smart Cities, I have had a long time research project going on this subject, collecting articles and general web pages, to try and understand just what is meant by Smart City, believe me when I say it's not a clear subject, there are a lot of variables, and differing opinions.

This video I have just come across, I think spells out a lot of my thoughts on the subject, interestingly one of the participants is the Ordinance Survey, OS, who I feel have a lot to give on this subject, from flood zones, paths, and marking interesting places and sights,

I will be continuing this research, because I don't think its solved yet, but I like what I see and hear in this short video.

My podcast list moves to Google Chrome

Most mornings, before I actually start work, I take a look at my news feeds, I start with Facebook, for no other reason than, I like to see what comments and post have been made, then I go to the serious stuff. First it's the BBC News app, always good, but then I go to my Google News App, this I like, it has a better format and display.

Then I look at a new app I am using in Google Chrome for all my Podcasts. I use my iPhone to download the same ones for walking, but in my home office, I like to control them on my Screen, I could I suppose use the iTunes and this would sync with my iPhone, but it is not easy to use, and I get so fed up trying to make it work, I went else where, and this little app is just right, I can listen as I work, it tells me if new podcasts from my list are available and I can so easily stop and continue from the main bar.

Google Keep, continues to be very useful, this morning I read a couple of interesting articles on Smart Cities, so clipped them to Keep and added multiple tags to associate them with Big data, Smart Cities and just data. The one article asks the question, what is a a smart city, and comes to some surprising conclusions, it's worth a separate blog so watch this space.

Google Earth has relaunched with some interesting updates, I did a search for Zaha Hadid and Google Earth listed several of the practices projects, I choose, for no other reason than it looked interesting, the Spitellau Viaduct Housing, but was disappointed in the way the model had been overlaid, spinning it round, the model strays over the railway track and look like its floating in midair, apart from that, I like google Earth, once you learn to use it, I can spend hours playing, Las Vagas is a must.

I have just watched several youtube video on the SunFlower, Solar Panel, this is just what the industry needs, more efficiency, self cleaning, portable, and self protecting, ausum

Is this CPD, well yes, we as Technologists need to keep up with Technology, however we can, Podcasts do that for me, and Keep is becoming increasingly important to keep, pun notes.

Google earth is also important, its the future as far as mapping is concerned.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Google Cloud NEXT event, London 4th May 2017

I have my pass for the Google Cloud Next meet on the 4th May 2017, although as yet I have only the pass for one day, I would so like to attend on the 3rd, so here's hoping.

But back to the subject matter of Data, , I have planned out a long day of lectures, and for once I am not giving a single second on stage, this is a chance for me to sit back and learn. the presenters methods of teaching, the subject matter, and the networking possibilities.

A long time back, I wrote a blog on the old site about planning a day like this, just attending is a waste of time, to get the most of the day, I intend to prepare.

First I have listed my lectures, the days is packed with so many alternatives :,

09.15 - 10.45
Brad Calder, Greg DeMichillie and Matt McNeil


Breakout three
Google Cloud Functions and Firebase
Speaker: TBC

Breakout one
Cloud Spanner 101: Google's mission-critical relational database
Speaker: Fausto Ibarra


Breakout five
New Hangouts - What you need to know
Speaker: Serge Lachapelle

Breakout three
Google Cloud Storage: best practices for selecting the right storage class, reliability, performance and scalability
Speaker: Kirill Tropin

Breakout three
Using Google's Identity as a Service (IDaaS) for GCP and G Suite
Speaker: Sriram Karra

Now I need to add notes to the "Google keep" stack I have created, oh and yes, I seem to be using Keep so much more these days.

Next is getting there on time with room to spare, so for me it's a train to Marylebone, then tube out to ExCel

Then is there any one to meet there, so far its a zero, but I have posted my attendance in the usual places so lets see.

Next its my kit, I plan to take just enough to survive, so its my Mac, power, and phone, should I take the iPad, no to much weight. moleskin and some writing material, a couple of pens, pencil and marker.

Thats it, now to research on each lecture to make sure I understand whats being talked about.

I have added labels to this posting, as always, but I have added one in particular, thats the label "Data Convergence", as Architectural Technologists move forward we need to understand how data, and the abundance of it, from so many different places, will affect the way we detail, This day, I hope will lay a lot of foundation work that will help me understand this.