360° Projection and Data Visualisation

UrbanTide and ISO worked with Bristol City Council, Future Cities Catapult, At-Bristol Science Centre and Bristol is Open to create a number of immersive data stories about Bristol using a wide range of open data.

These stories visualise the hidden layers of the city and are brought to life inside the new state-of-the-art Bristol Data Dome housed At-Bristol Science Centre’s Planetarium.  The challenge was to create compelling engaging stories using existing Bristol open data sources and to showcase the new technology available in the UK’s first state-of-the-art 4K stereovision Dome environment.


The technology really is amazing... The planetarium upgrade is a great opportunity for growth for us; as the data visualisation element of the Bristol is Open project allows us to develop new relationships within the city and beyond, using the planetarium in an entirely new and innovative way.
— Phil Winfield: At-Bristol chief executive

We had only 6 weeks to analyse nearly 300 data sets from Open Data Bristol and elsewhere. Using our experience of open data engagement it was possible for us to identify the stories considered to be the most compelling for the viewer. Our data story shortlist included data relating to transport, energy, health, environment and culture.  The extensive process of data analysis and selection was undertaken at the same time as the visual exploration into potential data treatments was developed by ISO.  This involved lots of complex remodelling of the data, building a VR environment to test the stories and designing immersive visual treatments for our diverse audience.

The Dome’s launch showcased its potential to the creative community and invited them to create their own data stories using our production framework to build new unique data stories and interactives in the Data Dome.

The project had a wide range of stakeholders and delivery was required at very short timescale to demonstrate the potential of data visualisation in the new environment - UrbanTide and ISO delivered a high-quality output on time and within budget to extremely satisfied and relieved clients.  

Data Dome has been shortlisted for The O2 Next Generation Digital Challenge Award 2016