Data Visualization Projects
Data visualization often gets political. In the unit chart above, I wanted to see what this separatist movement in Alberta actually looks like. As of November 4th 2019, Wexit, is still a fringe movement, according to its official party membership numbers.
What’s Nearby? is pilot project for the Canadian Energy Regulator (formerly NEB) using geospatial data for pipelines and facilities regulated by the AER and CER in Alberta. I worked on this visualization at the human computer interaction lab at the University of Calgary. This is the first time both AER and CER data exist in the same interactive visualization. My role was as the data visualization designer on the project, under the direction of our postdoc and PI’s. Our data was comprised of shape files in the form of points, lines and polygons, as well as longitude and latitude coordinates. This project should be implemented in 2020. I used a combination of ArcGIS and Illustrator to design this visualization.
In the first view, when people get to the visualization they see a map of Alberta in the centre with all the assets. Below the map are small Alberta maps showing different aspects of the assets as separate maps. You can see the number of facilities and the kilometres of pipelines. On the left are universal controls that let you choose which assets you want to see. In this case both AER and NEB assets are being shown. You can choose a layer such as Aboriginal Lands and sort those areas. You can sort the small multiples according to which Lands have the longest length of pipeline and other dimensions of the data. If you decide to click on the central map of Alberta, this moves the map to the right of the screen and a central map lens appears. The map lens gives you the ability to see assets up close. Below the map lens is a visual summary of what is in the map lens. Because this visualization is called, What’s Nearby?, this design gives the viewer the ability to see what is close to something they care about.
Conditions is visualization project for the Canadian Energy Regulator (formerly NEB) using text and numerical data. You can explore the live visualization here. I worked on this project as part of the design team at the human computer interaction lab at the University of Calgary. As a response to a pipeline application, the Canadian Energy Regulator places legal conditions on projects. Because the data is legalese, our design goal was to gradually draw people into the main visualization using an interaction that would explain keywords, what conditions are and how they come to be. The main visualization then uses a spinning wheel, where viewers can get an overview of projects, and choose which projects they want to explore in detail. Data understanding for this project took over six months as the data was legalese and extremely complex. Conditions are only one part of a conversation, they don’t depict the whole conversation, only the legal response to a pipeline application. So if a company put in an application that said, for instance, the work would have an effect on caribou migration, the CER would place conditions on that application in response. You can also explore early sketches for this project here.
Imports and Exports
This project is a visualization of energy trade data between Canada and the US for the Canadian Energy Regulator. I worked on this project as part of the design team at the human computer interaction lab at the University of Calgary. You can explore the live visualization here. The data we received was Canada centric, meaning that we had to convey import and export data from this perspective. We created a hex map for Canada and the US as most people have a mental map of the provinces, territories and states. What was supposed to be a quick project actually turned into a complex one because the scope of the project changed dramatically. An unintended benefit of the visualization process was that our client, The CER, discovered new things about their data and then made internal changes because of these discoveries.
This is a visualization of pipeline incidents for the Canadian Energy Regulator. I worked on this project as part of the design team at the human computer interaction lab at the University of Calgary. The Canadian Energy Regulator regulates the pipelines that cross provincial and national boundaries. You can explore the pipeline incidents visualization here.