Transport in general is the way we communicate with our physical surrounding; the key to extract a meaning out of this is having a better understanding about the system as a whole. The area of interest has a characteristic which makes it unique in every aspect, Thames. This part of the project as a whole intends to simulate ferries movement along the Thames from 16th of May 2014 to 19th of May 2014. The aim is implementing two key ideas used by Batty in his book: first we try to understand the city by simulation methods and not prediction ones, and second the next generation of the models will be data-driven (Batty, 2005).
The aim of this visualisation is to demonstrate the pattern of River Buses movements along the Thames to have a better understanding about how the city works as a living organism, this can be a primary step to have better simulation on how cities work in general and in this particular case how Thames is giving life to London.
This presentation was only integrated with the final 3D visualisation as the representation of transport on Thames during a certain period. This was done by means of an integration between two types of data, Live bus and river bus arrivals API (instant) and ferries routes.
The first data was queried from TfL open data using processing to store and process them later on for the simulation. The second set of data was produced in ArcMap, based on Piers locations and routes obtained from Google Places API.