27 January 2015

Migrating from Earth to Cesium

Here's a guest post we wrote for the Cesium blog, here's a link to the full article:

Web developers who are evaluating alternatives to the Google Earth API should look to Cesium for ease of use, impressive visualization capability and broad compatibility with WebGL. Former Google Earth developers will quickly be impressed with Cesium's power & stability, rich API reference and relative ease in migrating code. This article provides some background on what the Google Earth API contributed to 3D mapping and information for developers on what to expect when planning a migration to Cesium. (continue)

19 January 2015

Floors with Remaining Residences at 432 Park Avenue

The remaining residences available in the supertall skyscraper 432 Park Avenue are down to 11 from 104. The floors with the remaining residences are shown in red in the imagery below, visualized using Cesium.

432 Park Avenue is being developed by CIM Group, construction is expected to finish this spring. Prices start at just over $17 million for 3,575 sqft on the 41st floor. Two penthouse units are available with asking prices starting at $76 million. The tower is the tallest residential building in the western world and now one of Manhattan's major landmarks.

432 Park Avenue, view SW
View NW over Central Park

Available Space in The Empire State Building, Viewed With Cesium

Cube Cities is now developing real estate data visualizations based on Cesium, a new virtual globe software that is extremely versatile. Cesium delivers fast 3D data visuals that work easily in all modern web browsers without a plug-in. With Cesium and Cube Cities, the real estate markets of large urban areas like Manhattan can be easily explored with an iPad.

The graphics below are Cube Cities application screenshots that illustrate the currently available floors in The Empire State Building, the data is from Empire State Realty Trust. Background office buildings are colored in blue, multifamily buildings in green and hotels in purple.

Contact us to see any building visualized in 3D, on a discrete floor level, using Cesium.

The Empire State Building, Midtown Manhattan buildings beyond
The Empire State Building, view to the North West

The Empire State Building and only the Penn Station commercial submarket

8 December 2014

Cube Cities granted U.S. Patent for Real Estate Information Technology

On December 4th of this year the United States Patent Office granted Cube Cities patent protection for it's real estate data visualization technology. With a priority date of November 2010, this patent describes a system and method for converting traditional formats of commercial and residential real estate data into geospatial objects that can be used to visualize many types of building information in 3D.

Cube Cities now holds patents in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Singapore.

Cube Cities visualization of Lower Manhattan real estate data

1 December 2014

Altus InSite Launches 3D Commercial Real Estate Search using Cube Cities Technology

Altus InSite, Canada's largest commercial real estate information provider has relaunched it's website featuring 3D search capabilities from Cube Cities. Users can now see the Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal office markets with new 3D floor-level visualizations from Cube Cities.

The new Cube Cities search functionality allows users to save 3D search results as well as refine markets by district and filter by Building Class and Direct or Sublet lease types.

Here's a look at the new AltusInSite website:


The new AltusInSite Homepage, Cube Cities search panel highlighted in red.

Vancouver's Office Market

Calgary's Office Market
Toronto's Office Market

19 November 2014

Visualizing Downtown San Francisco's Office Vacancy Rate

Market Street, Downtown San Francisco
This is a data visualization of the office vacancy rate downtown San Francisco. Recorded at 6.7% in Q3 2014 by CBRE. The visualization illustrates buildings in and around the financial district with color codes indicating the building class. Blue buildings indicate commercial properties with available office space. Red floors approximate available space. Watch the video below to see a tour of the district.

South of Market, San Francisco
Fullscreen Video Link