Its been a while since my last photo update showing the progress of the New Build at the Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University. As you can see the main entrance and plaza is almost complete, and the final stages of tidying things up are well underway at the south side of the library tower.
Today I gave a workshop on Codea Programming for the iPad at the Further and Higher Education Advisors Conference 2013 that was held today at the Garthdee Campus of RGU. The following photos should give some sense of the room setup just prior to the workshop commencing. As you will see from the first few images, I just had to put an array of iPad’s together to see what they were like.
Yesterdays post contained some photographs taken from the roof of the Round Tower at the Garthdee Campus of Robert Gordon University. This post as the title says includes a number of timelapse videos taken around 06:30 in the morning just as the sun was rising.
A few images of the Round Tower may also be seen below, giving some idea of the location from where the videos were recorded & yesterdays photos were taken.
Some photographs taken from the roof level of the Round Tower Accommodation block at the Garthdee Campus of Robert Gordon University taken around 06:30 in the morning. This early morning photographic session was organised due in part to a module I have concerning graphics with 1st year computing students. Ah – the things one does to readily promote active student engagement. Suffice to say that it was a really cold spot to be taking pictures at that time of the morning, it certainly must have been around zero degrees. You can expect to see some timelapse video in the next post, so check back again soon. The photographs are taken looking both to the east and west. The images looking east take in the new Library Tower that is expected to be operational by the end of May, the Faculty of Health & Social Care, RGU:Sport and the Aberdeen Business School in the foreground. Towards the end of the post, looking west, you will see some mountains far off in the distance, seeing these images immediately makes me think of Middle Earth, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
In the previous semester I had a group of students for a module on Audio & Video Production. In the past days a new YouTube Channel was created and a selection of videos were uploaded. A week or so prior to this I had organised a screening of the videos at a Cinema located just a few minutes away from where we’re based. It was really great to spend some time in the projection room and see both a film and digital projection system.
The videos below should give you a sense of what the students produced, I hope you enjoy them. Have written another blog post giving a little more info on this.
The previous post showed the evolution of the New Build since October 2011. The last photo update was on the 15th Jan when we were in the depths of winter and the landscape covered in snow. Almost two months on and the weather though still cool is getting milder and the days longer.
Quite a number of noticeable changes standout since the 15th Jan post. Firstly foundations have been laid for an exterior wall running the length of the site parallel to Garthdee Road. A set of what looks like chimneys has been added to the roof. Quite a good amount of progress can be seen with regard to the plaza area directly in-front of the main entrance to the build. The lower sections of the library tower have now been fully clad making a huge difference to the overall appearance, very much transforming it from a building site into a building nearing completion. You will also notice the formation of some steps heading down to the river, allowing one to link up with the riverside walk heading east / west. Will certainly be lovely especially when the weather is good to readily be able to get down to the rivers edge for a stroll along the bank. Those who enjoy photography may like the last few images at the bottom of the post playing with reflections at the main entrance to the campus. To view any of the images below at a larger size then one can directly access the Picasa Album.
The following photographs give a sense of the evolution of the New Build at the Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen over the course of about sixteen months. Additional detail may be seen by following the hyper-linked dates of when the photographs were taken. Beginning in October 2011 one can see the initial stages of the main building and library starting to emerge from their foundations and evolve over time to a fully clad and glazed structure. If you take a look at the photoset from the 15th August you will see some interior images. The most recent set located towards the very bottom of this post were taken on the 15th January 2013, you may like to compare these to a set taken one year before on the 14th January 2012 to see the progress made over the course of a year. Its expected that the building will start being occupied from July of this year.
The following are a few scenes from around the campus of Robert Gordon University taken around sunrise. If you look closely you just may spot a baby deer peeking out from behind a tree in one of the images.
It has been quite a while since the last photo update – 30th Sept 2012. Snow has been on the ground here in Aberdeen the past two days, as such it add an additional element to the images below, and thereby differing greatly from all previous posts on this topic. Most of the work being carried out over the past few months has been internal. One quite apparent difference from the previous posting may be seen on the roof of the library tower, these vertical elements were added in October. The addition of a dark cladding to the exterior walls of the services area is also a new feature. One will also notice the removal of the wall just outside the entrance way to the FOHS building.
Wednesday 14th Nov 2012 a dozen students from Oldmachar Academy spent the day at School of Computing Science and Digital Media. We kept them busy for quite a few hours with a series of talks covering everything and anything from Digital Media to the Raspberry Pi and what it’s like to do a 1 years work placement. One can find out further detail about this by visiting the following blog post.
The second of our two Open Day’s at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media took place today (Saturday 3rd Nov 2012). The visitors to the School arrived for 10:00 in the morning at one of our computer labs, following on from this they were presented with a short series of talks introducing them to the school. After the talks they had the chance to look around at some of the demos we had running including a remotely operated camera jib system, a setup for product photography, motion tracking with the kinect, motion capture with a 12 camera optitrack system and an eye tracking system. The day concluded with a set of workshops focused on iPhone Programming and Human Computation.
In the lead-up to the open day I had spent Thursday afternoon setting up a 40″ TV that had just arrived in conjunction with the Libec Swift Jib 50 and REMO30. Friday morning was spent organising the demo rooms and reconfiguring the Jib. Neither the product photography setup with a 4ft lastolite cubelite or the optitrak motion capture system are to be seen in the videos from today. The afternoon was spent re-calibrating the OptiTrack MoCap system and getting various cameras and other bits and pieces sorted out. Between the preparations and editing the videos below I have spent two entire days getting things up and running, some results of which may be seen in the videos below, enjoy.
You will probably note that Nemo features quite heavily in the videos below, I had seen this in a Disney shop the previous weekend and thought it would look good in the office. Nemo is a really nice example of computer graphics and animation, hence quite a suitable decoration for the office.
The video below was recorded during our open day four weeks ago and includes several other scenes that weren’t included in the videos from today (see above).
The following are just a few short videos giving you a small flavor of the myriad of model trains that were available to see during the Aberdeen Model Railway Club Exhibition that took place on the weekend of 27/28th Oct 2012. One can find out further information about the club and exhibition from their website http://www.aberdeenmrc.co.uk.
Is RGU CompSoc a Computer Society or a Hillwalking Club? That’s a question we ask ourselves every time we venture into the wilds of Scotland for a bit of adventure. This time we headed about 60km west of Aberdeen to Loch Muick, just a few miles south west of Ballater. As you can see it was quite an overcast and damp day but everybody really had a great time. In all about twenty students and academics joined in the fun, some took the easy option of just quickly going around the track that located just meters from the loch itself. The other dozen as you can see from this video decided to take a slightly more adventurous up into the cloud covered hills.
I kept on thinking that our journey through the misty and cloud covered hills around the loch were a bit like the journey of the “Fellowship of the Ring” trying to cross the misty mountains. In one scene from our adventures you can probably think of a very similar scene from the Fellowship of the Ring where the Hobbits, Humans,Dwarf, Elf & Wizard make their way in single file across the ridge of a mountain shortly after commencing their quest from the elven outpost of Rivendell. In our case we are in single file, but one of the main differences is that you can just barely see us given the cloud cover. As we all know the depiction of Middle-Earth was recorded in New Zealand, given its wondrous landscapes, I do wonder however that it could also have been shot in Scotland.
One of the students on the hillwalking adventure tracked our route via gps, you can see the route below, as you can see we travelled 17.2km in a time of 5h 10mins.
For some strange reason, perhaps because its just a fun thing to do the Computer Society generally does a few hillwalking trips each year somewhere out in the wilds of Scotland. The new academic semester began three weeks ago, hence going by tradition a spot of hillwalking was called for. Its often joked about that we should rename the society to the “Hillwalking Society” rather than the “Computer Society”, although last week I gave a lecture and demo of a motion capture system recently purchased by the School as well as a Remotely operated Jib. This coming week we will be hearing all about the Raspberry Pi from one of our final year honours students.
The weather for today’s trip was perhaps not the best as it was raining for more or less the entire day, but I think its safe to say that everybody enjoyed the days adventure. In total about twenty people from the School went on the trip to Loch Muick. Most academics and postgrads took the “low road” (about half a dozen or so), I on the other hand wanted some elevation and views hence took the undergrads and MSc’s up onto the “high road” for a more adventurous journey through the rain and cloud covered hills surrounding the loch. As you can see from some of the pictures the visibility was quite poor for all of our journey across the ridge of the hill. Effective visibility may have been perhaps 100 feet or less on many an occasion.
The very first photo is of a group shot taken on our return journey back to the car park (perhaps just 15 mins or less away). Only after looking at the photos did I notice that the Irish flag should have been the other way around. At this time however it was close to 17:00 and we were focused on getting back to the Minibus so it was just a very quick stop for a photo op. We had left Aberdeen just after 09:30 in the morning and made a quick stop in Aboyne for some supplies, which included several boxes of Jaffa Cakes! We had arrived at Loch Muick and had commenced the hillwalking adventure a little before 12:00 in the day. For additional photos see the following Photo Set on Flickr. On our journey back to Aberdeen we stopped in Ballater for about 30 mins where half a dozen of us picked up some fish and chips, before carrying on with our journey around 18:00. We finally reached Aberdeen around 19:30 and dropped people off at a few places, before finally making our way back to the main campus to drop off the minibus just a few minutes before 20:00.
In the above picture from left to right you can see: , Kevin, Francois, Michal, Michal, Ross, Gleb, , and myself.
Shortly after setting off on our journey we encountered this frog quite happily just sitting in a puddle right in the middle of the track. As you can see he had his arms up and seems a bit camera shy.
The decision point to take the “high road” or the “low road”, for me it was a simple choice. It was supposted to be a “hillwalking trip” after all!
The following video will give you some small sense of what it was like today during our Open Day at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. It was held from about ten o’clock in the morning until three in the afternoon. After a half-hour registration period, visitors were treated to a welcome talk and a short series of lectures. Following on from this a number of hour long workshops were held on such topics as iPhone programming, cryptography and wireless networks. Their was also time to have a chat with Academics and see some of the demonstrations we had running throughout the day, most of which may be seen in this video. As you can see in some segments we were piping a video feed of the demonstrations happening in other rooms into one of our PC labs and projecting them for all to see.
Demonstrations included the use of an Eye Tracker to identify the area on screen a person was focusing on. A full body Motion Capture System comprising of a twelve camera Flex 13 system from Optitrack was also available to see in action. In concert with this we also had a motion tracking demo running on a Microsoft Kinect for windows, though the students who were doing the video recording didn’t get any footage of this. Also demonstrated was the Microsoft Surface (Samsung SUR40) which supports up to 52 points of interaction concurrently. If you watch all the video you may see that we certainly came close to this maximum value. All in all everybody seemed to enjoy the day visitors, staff and student helpers alike. Our next open day will be in a months time, at which point we hope to have a far larger and wider set of demonstrations to show the visitors to the school. See my YouTube Channel for further videos of some of the equipment seen here in this video.
Chris Young another member of staff at the School also grabbed hold of a camera and quickly recorded some of footage from of the Motion Capture System in operation. For more videos from Chris take a look at his Vimeo Channel.
Time-lapse video showing the sunrise at the main entrance to Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. This video was recorded at seven in the morning on the 1st October 2012. As the sun rises you can see some nice reflections of the clouds in the library tower. The Faculty of Health Sciences (FOHS) Building reflects the light of the rising sun just below roof level. The recently constructed main entrance is also illuminated by the rising sun and towards the end of the video one can see the lettering of the universities name being projected onto the road.
As you can see the exterior work to the library tower is almost complete apart from boxing in the facilities at roof level. Given that the University is hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 3rd Oct 2012 I thought it appropriate to create these videos to help give some sense of what the campus is like, especially as all those in the city centre will be moving to the Garthdee campus during the summer of 2013 in time for the kickoff of the 2013-14 academic year.
During the summer period at sun rise one could see some really nice interactions with the glass of the library tower due to the transmissive light from the sun cutting across the atmosphere, perhaps another time-lapse in about ten months time is called for when all the work has been completed and the sun is in a more northerly position at dawn. For further detail on the progress of the new build you can see my previous post from the 30th Sept.
It has been a number of weeks since my previous post focused on the interior of the New Build. The first week of classes has concluded and during that time some students inquired as to when the next photo update would be. Given that it’s the last day of September, it seems only fitting to finish off the first week of the semester with an update. One can see that the main entrance wall is in place and the Universities names features prominently. This has been in place for just a few weeks now. The glass surround at roof level of the library tower has also been in place a few weeks. Glass has been installed at the main entrance into the building, hence it’s getting very close to being fully watertight. Student services has been moved into level 3 of the FOHS Building, so its a one stop shop for all student queries. The other major point of note is that since the start of this week the number 1 bus now goes through campus, entering at the main entrance and exiting by ABS. Additional traffic lights have been set in place on Garthdee road to accommodate this.
Saw this squirrel yesterday running along the 2nd floor windowsill of one of the University Buildings. The squirrel seems really eager to begin some higher education study (scratching at the window trying to get in), especially as this is the area that houses our PhD students. I guess I should not be surprised as it is Freshers week after-all.
As the title says, the Linkedin alumni group has reached 303 members. My previous post on this dated 6th February 2012 highlighted it reaching the 200 member mark.
So why the wait until the number reached 303 and no mention of it reaching 300. The number 303 is referenced in the Matrix on a number of occasions. The film begins with Trinity being confronted in Room 303 whilst conducting her search for Neo. While trying to get away from the Agents, Neo is directed to Room 303, and finally Neo escapes from the Matrix via a phone in Room 303. In Room 303 is also the title of a film from 1947. According to the following site, George Lucas stayed in Room 303 at Troy Hall while studying at USC.
If you are a graduate of the School of Computing (now known as the School of Computing Science and Digital Media (since 1st August 2012)) at Robert Gordon University they you can join the group by following this link. Before joining it is well worth while to take a look at a few other profiles to get a sense for what they are like. You should clearly outline your link to the School – what degree you did, subjects of interest, extracurricular activities etc. You may also want to do some searching around and establish at least a few connections, before your request to join will be approved. The following post by http://cbeagrie.wordpress.com can be a useful starting place for some ideas regarding the content you may wish to include in your profile.
Nine people visited the site of the New Build at Garthdee this morning, of the nine four were from Computing. We went on a quick tour around the site, unfortunately due to work being carried out we were unable to get up onto the roof of the library tower, however we did manage to climb our way all the way up to the level below the roof. As you can see from some of the photographs looking at the FOHS building it was a very foggy day hence the views from the roof of the library tower would have been very limited. The vast majority of the photographs below are of the main open spaces. One can see an image from level seven of the library tower midway through the set (the large “07″ in the image before should prime you for same). The final pair of images show the construction of the floors which are made up of metal panels elevated up about 12 to 14 inches and one of the computer labs. To view the images in greater detail one can access the following photo album. To see how the building has evolved over the pasts months one can examine the following link.
The following set of photographs are focused on the south face of the build. As you can see the glazing to the library tower has been completed, with just the utility space on the roof to be clad. The final four panels to the north side of the tower were installed today (13/08/2012) thereby completing the process of glazing the primary structure of the library tower.
As you will see from the photographs below the glazing of the library tower is now nearing completion. A little over two weeks ago the glazing process was around the half way point. All going well it should be completed in the not too distant future and once fully weather proof the focus can shift to the internal fitting out. In just 12 months time staff should be settling in to the new build in preparation for the forthcoming 2013 Academic year.
Short video showing the interplay of Hard and Soft Light as the clouds pass overhead at the New Build Robert Gordon University, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Scotland. The footage was recorded over a period of about 12 minutes or so and sped up using time remapping by around 400%. This footage was recorded around half six in the morning.
It has been just over a month since I posted the last set of photographs on the 12th June. In the past month there has been quite a good deal of work carried out, in particular, quite a substantial amount of the glazing units for library tower have been fitted in place. The main entrance walls are also coming along well. The walls have been constructed from brick and then faced off as you can see in some of the photos below. I took the first set of photographs looking from from Tullos Hill shortly after six o’clock in the morning, it was fortunate I began at this time, as when I got to the bottom and had packed away the camera it began to rain. At the present rate of progress all the exterior cladding and the installation of glazing units should be completed fairly soon, thereby setting in place the completed look and feel of the building. Additional photographs from the set below may be seen by accessing the following Album.
Photographs of other University Campuses and Buildings 18th May 2012 – University College Dublin 17th May 2012 – Dublin City University 15th May 2012 – Western Gateway Building, University College Cork – Computing, Maths & some other units 30th March 2012 – Sphere within Sphere at Trinity College Dublin 29th March 2012 – The Quad and Honan Plaza at night, University College Cork