What should I name textures?

The following is the ideal name structure for textures to be used in OpenSim:

[VH]_[Image Type]_[Description]_[Original Name].[File Extension]

eg.

VH_facade_jackandlois_IMG-3425.png

Do not leave any spaces in your file name or any odd characters that might cause issues in conversion.

OpenSIM will take the name of the file that you’ve uploaded. You can rename once inside OpenSIM, but it is good practice to have the name set before upload. This way, the original files can be shared. This naming structure is to ensure other users to easily find appropriate textures, and to make it easy to find source files for future revisions.

Image types

  • Photo
  • Façade
  • Sign
  • Road Marking
  • Env Object
  • Misc
  • Graphic and Logo
  • Vehicle
  • Texture (specify if repeatable h or v)

Use the DESCRIPTION option in OpenSIM to add relevant keywords.

Ensure that ‘Item Description’ is checked in the SEARCH MENU in your inventory tool (CTRL-i)

What is Virtual Hamilton?

Virtual models provide opportunities to collectively imagine, illustrate, and interact with our future city. The Virtual Hamilton project proposes the development and assessment of a participatory urban planning tool for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Using OpenSim will facilitate stakeholder visualization, content contribution and communication. This application of a 3D virtual environment to urban planning processes seeks to benefit Hamilton’s urban planning stakeholders by providing a collaborative planning tool that allows participants the means for early and informed involvement in the planning process. This participation is not limited to those at the design stage, but includes various stakeholders. Potential beneficiaries of this planning tool include Hamilton and area politicians, municipal staff, architects and developers, planning professionals, business and residential owners, and concerned citizens. Thus, the Virtual Hamilton project aims to extend the scope of traditional urban planning models.

The feasibility of developing the virtual city prototype has been considered and accommodated by its limitation to a small subsection of the City of Hamilton and its utilization of an already prepared virtual world platform and access to GIS expertise and data. The Virtual Hamilton prototype will be hosted for the City of Hamilton by McMaster University on the virtual world research platform (macGRID) under the directorship of the Supervising PI, Dr. David Harris Smith. The McMaster Centre for Spatial Analysis and GIS Lab will provide the required GIS data and expertise. User study testing and stakeholder consultation will ensure the design of the prototype virtual city urban planning tool conforms to the needs of the Hamilton urban planning community.

The macGRID Network site