LI publishes second version of Digital Realities Technical Info Notice


‘Digital Realities’ refers to strategies of visualising a digital object or surroundings in a extra pure and intuitive manner, overlaying information, and making it extra accessible and related. This TIN goals to introduce, promote, and assist using these various kinds of digital realities – AR, VR, and MR – in panorama follow.

Picture courtesy of THINKlab on the College of Salford, displaying their visualization work for the RHS Bridgewater Backyard

The Panorama Institute (LI) has revealed the second version of its Digital Realities Technical Info Notice (TIN), aiming to introduce, promote, and assist using completely different visualisation strategies by panorama practitioners.

Obtain TIN 01/22 – Digital Realities (2nd version) right here (PDF, 1.49 MB)

What’s digital realities?

Digital realities is the collective time period for augmented actuality (AR), digital actuality (VR), and combined actuality (MR). These are all strategies of visualising a digital object or surroundings in a extra pure and intuitive manner, offering the chance to overlay information and make the topic simply accessible and related.

We additionally use the time period prolonged actuality (XR) to consult with all mixed actual and digital environments and human-machine interactions generated by laptop know-how and wearables.

AR, VR, and MR provide completely different options, use completely different {hardware} and software program combos, and are available at numerous value factors. Inside every are completely different ranges of performance, high quality, and accuracy. Which is the best choice will depend upon a consideration of its objective, the target market, and value. In some instances, an impression solely shall be sufficient; in others, will probably be necessary to have information and geometry on the highest high quality and accuracy.

Utilizing digital realities in panorama follow

The LI competency framework recognises the importance of digital realities in panorama. It consists of skilled competencies corresponding to ‘digital follow’ and hyperlinks to a spread of core competencies, in addition to further competencies together with ‘digital applied sciences’.

To assist members perceive the advantages of every method and make an knowledgeable resolution as to which is greatest for them and their tasks, the LI Digital Apply Group, with the assist of Mark Jackson (PlaceJam), has up to date our Digital Realities TIN.

Martyn Horne, Expertise Lead for the LI Digital Apply Group, commented, ‘This replace explains the distinction and advantages of every digital actuality archetype, and consists of examples to display their present utility, or potential utility, to panorama structure, panorama planning, panorama administration, and digital placemaking.

‘This doc provides a snapshot of a quickly altering area. Future recommendations for updates from practitioners and third events are most welcome.’

To get entangled within the LI’s digital follow work, please e-mail us at

The LI wish to thank the Digital Apply Group – specifically authors Martyn Horne and Mike Shilton, and copyeditor Laura Glover – for all their assist in delivering this replace.