For Ed Morgan, applying his expertise in visualisation and terrain-modeling tools for game developers, to the world of landscape architecture was an obvious step. His company, Deliverance Software, has created an Augmented Reality iPhone app that allows the user to see a proposed change to the landscape. Just point the screen of an iPhone in the direction of the landscape to see how it will look in the future. So far the AR app has been used as part of the planning application to build a new park in the heart of Sheffield, which has walls that can act as flood defences.
Morgan and his team approached Professor Lange, at the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield, with their ideas. A six-month knowledge transfer period followed to allow their students to use Deliverance’s software and streamline it for use with landscape applications. Now part of his development workload is a university project, investigating urban river regeneration called Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas (URSULA). This collaboration allows him to test his software and produce models, which are validating the software in the context of landscape visualisation.