National Heat Map as you’ve never seen it before

On Imperial College’s immersive data wall ...

2 February 2016

The picture below shows CSE's National Heat Map being demonstrated at Imperial College, London's high-tech Data Observatory.

The large-scale computer screens show four views from the Heat Map. From left to right: a overview of Southeast England; a close up of the streets around Imperial College in Kensington showing the colour gradation of heat demand from high (red) to blue (low); a Google Earth view with Exhibition Road highlighted; and a Google Street View of Cromwell Road.

The KPMG Data Observatory (opened in November 2015 and part of Imperial College's Data Science Institute) is a state-of-the-art, circular digital display giving researchers an immersive 313-degrees perspective. It's the largest of its kind in Europe, and a unique tool for academics and industry to visualise data – such as that generated and displayed by the National Heat Map – in a way that uncovers new insights.

Joshua Thumim, CSE's Head of Research & Analysis, said "We're exploring the possibilities of collaborating with Imperial College on distribution network analysis problems – it was great to see our national heat map displayed on the data observatory, which has huge potential to support group-based use of such tools."

You can see a similar view on the Heat Map itself by clicking here (three panels only because most screens are narrower than the Data Observatory's 132 megapixel leviathon).

The National Heat Map was created by CSE in 2010. It was commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in order to support the planning and deployment of local low-carbon energy projects in England, such as district heating systems.

It does this by providing publicly accessible high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand by area alongside detailed address-level modelling of demand data and the tools for analysing this.

Read more about the National Heat Map here.

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