LVIA Photography – Visualisation – Photomontage
Arcus carried out the LVIA photography and prepared the visualisations (photomontages) for Auchrobert Wind Farm
Auchrobert Wind Farm is now an operational 12-turbine development located approximately 5.5km southwest of Lesmahagow in the South Lanarkshire region of Scotland.
Arcus were appointed the EIA, a part of which was to carry out the viewpoint photography and LVIA visualisations which incorporated wirelines, cumulative wirelines and photomontages. The visualisations had to meet the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) guidelines relevant at the time.
Our photographer, Guy Cope visited each of the viewpoints (25 in total) which included urban and open land receptors. Guy then prepared the imagery once back at the office. This involved stitching of the single frame images into panoramas using cylindrical projections. In total 25 viewpoints were used in the final submission of the Environmental Statement. The cumulative wind farm assessment included 129 sites which equated to a study area out to 60km from the proposed wind farm.
The Landscape Architect on the project, Nigel Buchan of Buchan Landscape Architecture prepared the landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA). Guy worked closely with Nigel throughout the process initially providing draft wirelines to assist in the decision making process before going on to produce the full LVIA visuals and ES figures.
All of the visualisations were produced using Resoft Windfarm software.
The huge body of work resulted in Arcus producing 127 A3 sized figures for the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) element of the Environmental Statement.
The wind farm was consented by South Lanarkshire Council in December of 2014 and is now operational.
The above image is the photomontage produced for the Environmental Statement (ES) and is taken from viewpoint 17 – Black Hill Cairn Fort
If you would like to discuss any aspects relating to visualisations or photomontages, please email Photo@arcusconsulting.co.uk