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BillM Jun 29, 2013 4:16 AM

North Bay
 
Welcome to North Bay!

I've been working on this for about 18 months now.

This is an aerial view looking north.



http://imageshack.us/a/img11/3350/kyga.jpg

Vellu Jun 29, 2013 6:22 PM

Huge city with an interesting and realistic-looking skyline and layout! I definitely want to see more.

Is that modeled using SketchUp? If so, what did you use to render the image?

verticalextropy Jun 30, 2013 10:55 AM

18 months and you can tell! Please post more or direct us to photostream! :)

BillM Jul 1, 2013 4:18 PM

Vellu, Verticalextropy:
Thank you for your comments!

This is a sketchup model (free version). The image is simply an exported image of the current scene.
As you can see, I like to use some fog in panoramic scenes to fade out the undeveloped areas. I am also trying to keep the file small. Right now, it's about 14 megs. (I did a detailed model of my house that is double that.) Buildings are kept simple. I made about a dozen or so textures that are tiled on the faces of buildings. Many buildings don't have textures yet.
My main goal is the overall vibe of the metropolis.
Ground level detail will come later. Priority will be based on where scenes are set up. Downloaded and edited some components (trees, cars) that were created by other people. They are scattered throughout the model.
2D Tree Conifer –Blue Marble Project
City Bus – Manager
Ford Edge – ZEE PROduction
London Bus – Enerth3
Oak tree 2 (2D) – marurb (over 3000 so far!)
Suspension Bridge - Jai

Here are a few more views of North bay
The first 2 are looking to the northeast
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/7919/1l5g.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img507/5933/rw4q.jpg

The next 2 images feature the tallest building in the city.
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/3453/igxy.jpg

Should we check out the observation deck?
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/8030/v1my.jpg

Looking north from the observation deck. There is a lookout on that hill that is around the cove. We'll go there next.
http://imageshack.us/a/img689/1227/xpp7.jpg

Looking south from the lookout
http://imageshack.us/a/img407/3888/81e2.jpg

looking south from the drive
http://imageshack.us/a/img607/2115/w01j.jpg

softee Jul 1, 2013 5:44 PM

Cool, my hometown is North Bay, Ontario.

verticalextropy Jul 2, 2013 3:25 PM

Absolutly fantastic, it's got a Transatlantic character,
Love the art deco building when you introduce us to the observation tower

Vellu Jul 13, 2013 6:15 PM

This is very inspiring! Even with the simple buildings and few textures it looks really, really good! Like I said before, the layout, the skyline, the distribution of the buildings and their masses and the geography all look very realistic.

What is that pyramidical building in the center of that park?

BillM Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

Vellu, Verticalextropy, Softee: Thanks for stopping by!

A few subtle updates might not be too noticeable. When I find time, I will expand, fill in and add detail in areas.
http://imageshack.us/a/img825/5573/skmr.jpg

Soon I will post some tours of the city:
Along the Boulevard
High Point Park

verticalextropy Aug 10, 2013 3:54 PM

Pretty cool. What is that spiral looking building in the back?

Love the scraperscape and the beautiful suspension bridge

Vellu Aug 10, 2013 6:35 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing the tours! Like I said before, this city looks very, very realistic even with the low detail and simple textures. It's one of the best Sketchup cities I've ever seen.

gregSt Aug 18, 2013 11:16 AM

I like the foggy atmoshere, it gives a lot of realism to the already realistic skyline. :tup:

BillM Oct 11, 2013 1:17 PM

Here are a couple of street level images. For now, I will dub the park on the right "Monument Park". It has that pyramid type building (not in this pic) that Vellu was asking about. Vellu, I think that bldg. can be a monument, but it can also be functional.

This view is looking to the east.
http://imageshack.us/a/img6/3276/3tbk.jpg

Similar view
http://imageshack.us/a/img268/6984/tpzy.jpg

An aerial looking to the northwest.
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/8764/4yeh.jpg

Pingyao Oct 11, 2013 2:44 PM

Excellent city making, and very evocative even with simple textures. Whats the height of the building with the spires on top? You've got a lot of work to 'fill out' the city, look forward to seeing updates.

Skydragon42 Oct 11, 2013 5:55 PM

Wow your city is cool! I want to go there:D

Vellu Oct 12, 2013 6:47 PM

The city feels very alive in the street level shots, great job! Looking down that street to the sea it feels a bit like San Francisco.

The aerial looks great too with the hill in the backround. May I ask what version of Sketchup you're using? Does it cause you any problems with this large (in terms of dimension) model? Are you able to zoom in very close without any problems? I'm asking this cause I'm still using SU 6 and it can't handle large models very well (dimension measured in kilometers rather than meters).

Patrick Oct 14, 2013 5:46 AM

Beautiful city, I'm surprised I haven't commented on it yet!

I would love to see more street scenes they are very convincing, in that last skyline shot, what is that oddly shaped structure in the distance?

BillM Oct 25, 2013 5:23 PM

Thanks Pingyao, Skydragon, Vellu, Patrick!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pingyao (Post 6299500)
Whats the height of the building with the spires on top?

That building is about 825 feet. However, it is on higher ground than the immediate surrounding area. In the pic below, you can see that the ground is about 50 feet higher from where you would be standing. There are also 2 streets that go under this complex.
http://imageshack.us/a/img513/6171/oktc.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vellu (Post 6300834)
May I ask what version of Sketchup you're using? Does it cause you any problems with this large (in terms of dimension) model? Are you able to zoom in very close without any problems? I'm asking this cause I'm still using SU 6 and it can't handle large models very well (dimension measured in kilometers rather than meters).

I'm using SU 8. I don't seem to have any problems. I actually have my dimensions measured in feet. If I need to zoom closer, I'll widen the field of view. Incidentally,the file is currently 13.5 megs.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick (Post 6301875)
I would love to see more street scenes they are very convincing, in that last skyline shot, what is that oddly shaped structure in the distance?

Is it the building with the disheveled looking floor plates? I imagine it to be a residential building on the "other" side of the river.

I'm also about to put together a post that features some street scenes.

For now, here is a skyline update.
http://imageshack.us/a/img18/9052/wusd.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/7711/aax8.jpg

Vellu Oct 26, 2013 6:28 PM

That neo-gothic / art decoish post-modern (?) building looks great from the street level. Very dominating! Great aerial too! Looking forward to seeing more street scenes.

Skydragon42 Oct 26, 2013 9:03 PM

I love that skyline! It's so big!

Patrick Oct 27, 2013 3:33 AM

Can't wait to see the other side of North Bay!

Pingyao Oct 28, 2013 9:58 AM

The cities tallest has that iconic design feel to it. Are you planning any taller buildings to eclipse it?

BillM Oct 28, 2013 2:47 PM

The layout of North Bay
 
For now, I will be using generic terms that are descriptive of places.

Highpoint Park is at the top of this map. The Cove is just below. The Drive goes around the Cove and Highpoint Park. The Boulevard starts in the lower left. It runs on a slight angle relative to the general grid and connects to the drive at the cove.
http://imageshack.us/a/img36/5398/6fmy.jpg

My next post will be part 1 of a two part tour of The Boulevard.
Part 1 will start in the lower left of this map at University Circle and proceed north towards The Cove and Highpoint Park.
Part 2 will feature shots of the city from Highpoint Park before heading south down the Boulevard.
http://imageshack.us/a/img9/6236/rdq2.jpg

Skydragon42 Oct 28, 2013 5:28 PM

Thats really cool that you made a map like this!

BillM Oct 29, 2013 2:40 PM

Boulevard/Highpoint Park part 1
 
The Boulevard is a primary gateway into the city from the southwest.
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/6084/w62m.jpg

One of the city’s major universities is located just west of University Circle.
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/6131/8bjp.jpg


University Circle
http://imageshack.us/a/img405/2008/4uk5.jpg


University Circle
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/6388/jga0.jpg


The 2 mile stretch between University Circle and the Cove is primarily residential mixed with hotels, cafes and a few other businesses.
http://imageshack.us/a/img138/8660/6uiv.jpg


The Boulevard is situated on an escarpment just above the western side of the city center.
http://imageshack.us/a/img46/3583/dbc0.jpg


The Boulevard lends itself to being a popular strolling circuit.
http://imageshack.us/a/img202/7776/m2y1.jpg


Only a few of the streets from the downtown grid connect directly to the boulevard, due to the sudden elevation change. Thru lanes (2 in each direction) pass some of the intersections by going under.
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/4322/q2ng.jpg


Monument Park
http://imageshack.us/a/img543/595/66bf.jpg


Monument Park is on the left. Museum Park is on the right. A promenade under the boulevard connects the 2 parks.
http://imageshack.us/a/img20/8679/afgz.jpg


The observatory and communication tower atop Highpoint Park can be seen in the distance. Note the lower town on the right.
http://imageshack.us/a/img543/4936/237t.jpg


The northern part of the Boulevard with Highpoint Park in the background.
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/8257/piqh.jpg


The Cove is 2 miles north of University Circle. Veer to the left and the drive will take you around the cove towards Highpoint Park.
http://imageshack.us/a/img41/736/5k6l.jpg


Approaching Highpoint Park. Part 2 will feature views of the city from the park before heading back down the Boulevard.
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/286/dbey.jpg

Skydragon42 Oct 30, 2013 1:18 AM

Your city is looking good!

BillM Oct 30, 2013 2:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregSt (Post 6236374)
I like the foggy atmoshere, it gives a lot of realism to the already realistic skyline. :tup:

Thanks Greg! It also conceals the edge of the model!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pingyao (Post 6318026)
The cities tallest has that iconic design feel to it. Are you planning any taller buildings to eclipse it?

I'll probably do more filling in. If I was to do a new tallest, it would most likely be in another area.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skydragon42 (Post 6318359)
Thats really cool that you made a map like this!

I like that you can get an instant map by using Top view in parallel projection. The 2D trees that I use disappear with this setting.

Morning Mist
http://imageshack.us/a/img29/1006/8lm3.jpg

Patrick Oct 30, 2013 8:57 PM

I didn't realize how hilly North Bay was, fantastic work with the terrain it really does add a realistic effect!

Is there anything significant about the building with the sphere attached to it?

Vellu Nov 2, 2013 7:23 PM

Lovely tour! Really a great way to present your city. I really admire how well-thought-out this city is. Looking forward to seeing the next tour.

BillM Nov 7, 2013 2:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick (Post 6321351)
Is there anything significant about the building with the sphere attached to it?

I originally thought that would be a good location for a weather beacon. It has great visibility. The sphere could also be a symbol. The building itself is primarily residential.

BillM Nov 7, 2013 2:45 PM

Highpoint Park, the Drive, the Boulevard: part 2
 
http://imageshack.us/a/img818/8836/vww1.jpg
Aerial view looking south toward Highpoint Park and the North Bay skyline. The Communication tower and observatory are visible on the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1581/hvr6.jpg
Finally started adding sidewalks to the “Drive”. Like the “Boulevard”, the drive creates a string of parks; it is optimized for biking, jogging and walking.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img819/3265/ckv7.jpg
The drive is a primary gateway from the north.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img850/9734/49ws.jpg
Approaching the roundabout at the point. This is where a bridge connects the Drive to the other side of the river.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img849/5867/xnxc.jpg
This road in Highpoint Park leads to the observatory.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img11/8205/etyy.jpg
View from the observatory
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http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4766/lzl8.jpg
In the cove. We need some sailboats.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img818/871/btl2.jpg
This is where the Drive meets Inner Harbor road and the Boulevard. Inner Harbor road is straight ahead; it eventually runs along the Inner Harbor area and Marina District. The Drive/Boulevard greenway veers to the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img109/6014/bu8d.jpg
Looking south down the northern stretch of the Boulevard.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img600/1091/x8xv.jpg
The Boulevard
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http://imageshack.us/a/img708/8361/2lud.jpg
Monument Park
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http://imageshack.us/a/img708/3678/jebj.jpg
Museum Park is on the left; Monument Park is on the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img189/5972/xzrh.jpg
One of the bypasses for through traffic.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img96/7389/qecj.jpg
The Boulevard
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http://imageshack.us/a/img20/7963/y7x8.jpg
This Hotel at University Circle features a revolving rooftop restaurant.

Pingyao Nov 7, 2013 11:25 PM

You have managed to implement terrain extremely well. I don't think another city on here uses this so successfully. The terrain helps to define the character of the city more and creates a degree of realism much more than if the model was flat.

Skydragon42 Nov 8, 2013 4:19 AM

Your city is looking great:D But how did you make those hills so nicely? When I tried to make a hill in my city it looked terrible, so I deleted it!

Vellu Nov 9, 2013 7:28 PM

Another great tour! I agree, that the terrain looks great and it really helps in making this city very realistic. Another thing is the realistic massing of those buildings. Hopefully we'll see more tours soon!

Patrick Nov 26, 2013 6:36 PM

That's one beautiful skyline! I love the amount of low rises in the city, really adds to the realism! I've always wanted to do that with Staunton but I never manage to get past the CBD!

gregSt Nov 29, 2013 3:42 PM

I am surprised how good even the open spaces look, that must indeed be the terrain. :)

BillM Jan 27, 2014 6:49 PM

Here are some updates for North Bay.


Skyline aerial looking north
http://imageshack.com/a/img12/8899/5cx3.jpg

skyline aerial looking west
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/4097/7q2p.jpg

Skyline looking south from observatory
http://imageshack.com/a/img829/4204/ki5z.jpg

Skyline aerial looking southeast
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/2266/2sck.jpg

Aerial of Boulevard/Drive area
http://imageshack.com/a/img15/1885/vyq8.jpg

Boulevard/Drive along river
http://imageshack.com/a/img843/3070/djlo.jpg

Boulevard/Drive area tunnel
http://imageshack.com/a/img823/7692/15ua.jpg

looking west towards Boulevard/drive
http://imageshack.com/a/img31/4543/sj15.jpg

looking north towards Boulevard/Drive
http://imageshack.com/a/img198/5395/vc5b.jpg

street scene looking east
http://imageshack.com/a/img703/2641/m7a9.jpg

street aerial
http://imageshack.com/a/img197/6827/4i50.jpg

Park Terrace
http://imageshack.com/a/img844/559/dlzq.jpg

from Park terrace hotel
http://imageshack.com/a/img560/8726/73mr.jpg

Boulevard looking north northeast towards university circle
http://imageshack.com/a/img849/235/g23i.jpg

Aerial view of boulevard
http://imageshack.com/a/img10/5032/o35r.jpg

Boulevard between museum and monument parks looking south southwest
http://imageshack.com/a/img829/4684/c0dv.jpg

Pingyao Feb 2, 2014 4:54 PM

Impressive as ever, terrain complexity is very successful.

Dac150 Feb 2, 2014 7:45 PM

Wow - very impressive! For some reason the grid reminds me of Halifax.

BillM Feb 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pingyao (Post 6331185)
You have managed to implement terrain extremely well. I don't think another city on here uses this so successfully. The terrain helps to define the character of the city more and creates a degree of realism much more than if the model was flat.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vellu (Post 6333322)
Another great tour! I agree, that the terrain looks great and it really helps in making this city very realistic. Another thing is the realistic massing of those buildings. Hopefully we'll see more tours soon!

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregSt (Post 6357324)
I am surprised how good even the open spaces look, that must indeed be the terrain. :)


Thanks Pingyao, Vellu, Greg,
I love when cities are terraced on hills; it really adds a new dimension.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick (Post 6353874)
That's one beautiful skyline! I love the amount of low rises in the city, really adds to the realism! I've always wanted to do that with Staunton but I never manage to get past the CBD!

Thanks Patrick,
Now that you have neighborhoods surrounding the CBD of Staunton earmarked......


Quote:

Originally Posted by Skydragon42 (Post 6331465)
Your city is looking great:D But how did you make those hills so nicely? When I tried to make a hill in my city it looked terrible, so I deleted it!

Thanks Skydragon,
What approach did you take in making hills?
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dac150 (Post 6433832)
Wow - very impressive! For some reason the grid reminds me of Halifax.

Thanks Dac,
There is a little Halifax influence in there; The Citadel area and water. A suspension bridge in view doesn't hurt. I think Halifax has a great natural setting.

Vellu Mar 1, 2014 7:36 PM

The realistic layout and skyline and the huge size take my breath away every time I look at this. Wonderful!

BillM Apr 25, 2014 1:07 PM

Here is an aerial of North Bay.
http://www.peopleofgoodwill.com/Nort...south%2007.jpg

Vellu Apr 30, 2014 6:14 PM

Wonderfully huge! The light brown building with the angled roof at the bottom right corner of the image looks very interesting. I don't think I've seen that building before.

Skydragon42 Apr 30, 2014 10:44 PM

Wow! The city is looking good:D
Have you seen the latest additions and modifications to Remus city?
Also, I don't know if you've posted it before, but I'd like to see a close view of that pyramid building in the background.

gregSt May 22, 2014 2:14 PM

That tower in the center looks evil to me ;)


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