Riverside East Extension – April 2015 Update

I have made a number of posts charting the progress of the extension to Riverside East at the Garthdee Campus of Robert Gordon University. All the exterior work is essentially complete with the addition of some concrete steps in the past few days. As you can see from the previous posts and the images below, the extension is moving along and should be ready for use this summer.

Blog Post: The First Few Months, commenced January 2014
Blog Post: Building the Steel Frame
Blog Post: Pouring the Floors and Cladding

Blog Post: Riverside East – Phase 1 Completion July 2013

October 2014
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November 2014
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Crowds Viewing the Eclipse Outside RGU Riverside East

Below are just a few images taken in front of the Riverside East building at the Garthdee Campus of Robert Gordon University – 20th March 2015. As you can see quite a good number of people gathered outside to watch the Solar Eclipse. It reached maximum coverage around 09:38 in the morning. We will have to wait until 2090 to see another Solar Eclipse in the UK.

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

Eclipse RGU Aberdeen 20th March 2015

More Info
BBC News – In Pictures Solar Eclipse
The Guardian: Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to know

Riverside East Extension – Pouring the Floors & Cladding

In May I made a post charting the clearing of the site and foundation work for the extension to RSE covering the period from January to May.

The second post about the extension came in July and charted the construction of the steel frame.

This post covers the period of August to the start of October during which time concrete floors were poured across all levels and the process of cladding the building commenced. As you will see for some of the last few images a good deal of the internal cladding layer has had a layer of insulation applied.

August 2014

RSE Extension August & September 2014

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Riverside East Extension – Building the Steel Frame

Following on from my previous post in early May which charted the clearing of the site and foundation works starting in January 2014, this post shows the evolution of the steel frame covering a period from early May up until today 18th July. This new addition to the Riverside East building will house the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment. It is expected the work will be completed by summer 2015.

To see the images below in greater detail one may access the following Photo Set on flickr.

May 2014
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Riverside East Extension – the First Few Months

During the summer of 2013 a new building called Riverside East at the Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University went into operation. The building houses the university library, and a number of schools, namely the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, School of Engineering and the School of Computing Science and Digital Media. During the course of construction I charted its evolution in the form of a number of posts, some of which can be seen below.
RGU Garthdee New Build – Photo Update 26 July 2013 (post)
RGU Library Garthdee New Build – Photo Update 2 June 2013 (post)
Evolution of the New Build at the Garthdee Campus – 20 Jan 2013 (post)

This new addition to the Riverside East building will house the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment. Work began on site towards the end of January 2014. The photographs below document the clearing of the site and the initial foundation works up to 5th May 2014. It is expected the work will be completed by summer 2015.

To see the images below in greater detail one may access the following Photo Set on flickr.

January 2014
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February 2014
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March 2014

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April 2014

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May 2014
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Quadcopter Flying Around Campus – Video

We had a number of very nice days last week, blue skies and sunshine all day long, hence as part of a module I have with 1st year computing students I took the class outside to experiment with some quadcopter flying. We had two DJI Phantom quadcopters in operation with Go Pro’s attached to capture the scene. One can see some still image captures at the following post.

In the first video above we were all arranged in a circle the radius being calculated by the average width of a student x the number of students / Pi / 2 / 2. This amounted to a radius of a little over 16 feet or roughly 33 feet in diameter. The reason for this was to attempt a “Bullet-time” capture of a quad-copter hovering in the centre of the circle, with the students taking photographs on all their phones. If you look closely at roughly the mid point of the video above you will see the second quadcopter taking off and flying around a little bit.


The flights took place towards the west end of campus next door to the Scott Sutherland Building and the Round Tower, see the map below.

Time-lapse Videos of Assembling a Motion Capture System

The following videos show the process of assembling a 12 camera Optitrack Flex 13 system. We originally got the system little over a year ago at which time I created a number of videos showing the process, see the following blog post.

This blog post follows on from my previous post which included quite a number of photographs showing the process of assembly.

The first video below was recorded at 1fps, hence is running at 25x real-time speed. It shows the mounting of the cameras, the wiring of the up to the capture workstation and their repositioning with respect to the capture volume. You may also spot the setting up of a 5.1 Speaker System (Logitech Z906), that can output 500 watts of auditory bliss.

Two days later I got around to tidying some things up and calibration of the system. With the system fully operation and tested out all that was remaining was to tidy up the cables and make everything good and neat.

If you want to see a faster version of the first video above then this one below run at about 60x real-time and is a little under 3.5 minutes in length.

This very first assembly video created in September 2012 has received 1812 views to-date. As you can see it was setup in a much smaller room than in the videos above. Consequently the effective capture volume was limited to a cylinder of just a feet. If you like a spot of Vivaldi with your time-lapse videos this you may enjoy taking a look.

The following playlist includes over 40 videos documenting the process of setting up the MoCap system.