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INTERACTIVE HERITAGE
INTERPRETATION

James Avenue Water Level Indicator
JAMES HUDSON + JEREMY CHOY

FOR MANY YEARS, a river-level
gauging chamber sat next to the James
Avenue Pumphouse on the west bank
of the Red River in Winnipeg's Historic
East Exchange District. Functioning
as a kind of measuring tape, the gauge
calculated and transmitted water levels
every 15 minutes to city and federal
officials and was the primary device
used to determine fluctuating river
levels in Winnipeg.
Technical advancements led to the
removal of the chamber in 2016,
replaced by Station 050J15, operated
by the Water Survey of Canada. As
part of streetscape improvements on
James Avenue, HTFC Planning & Design
and Pattern Interactive developed a
heritage interpretation piece to honour
the significance of the river-level
gauging chamber.
The James Avenue Water Level
Indicator is a pre-programmed and
motion activated light cycle indicating
nine historically significant flood events
throughout Winnipeg's history and
compares them to the current Red River
water level reading at James Avenue.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1 WATER LEVEL INDICATOR TESTING 2 WATER
LEVEL INDICATOR FALL 2020 3 WATER LEVEL
INDICATOR FALL 2020 4 WATER LEVEL
INDICATOR SUMMER 2020 5 WATER LEVEL
INDICATOR SPECIAL EVENT NOV 11 2020
PHOTOS 1 JEREMY CHOY, PATTERN INTERACTIVE
2, 3, 5 DAVID MODER, DAVID MODER PHOTOGRAPHY
4 CONSTANTINA DOUVRIS, HTFC PLANNING & DESIGN

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Housed within an I-beam, the display is
double-sided, made up of 15 vertically
stacked LED modules capable of
displaying 281 trillion colours, and
requires only 692 watts of power to run
at full brightness. The display's internal
components are located within two
heated, weatherproof enclosures at
the base of the I-beam and include a
computer (CPU) to handle the dynamic
water levels and visuals, a Video
Imaging Processor (VIP) for translating
the visuals to the display, a router to
connect to the web, a computer vision
sensor located at the top of the I-beam

that responds to motion and triggers
animations, and a custom temperature
monitor designed to alert if any faults
are present within the enclosure.
The web connection allows the display
to indicate real-time water level data,
collected from the Government of
Canada's Water Office web site, and
provides vital health statistics on
the internal hardware components.
Additional background animations and
customized text can be uploaded and
displayed during special events and the
water level indicator can be connected
to social media networks like Twitter and
Instagram in real time.
Motion activated vision sensor-zones
trigger a variety of changes to the
display program, allowing the Water
Level Indicator to have some A.I.
(artificial Intelligence). The display
can determine from which direction a
person is approaching and decide what
to play based on where they stand.
Flexible and customizable software
allows the Water Level Indicator
limitless passive and social interaction.
The two-way communication creates
an engaging user experience filled with
unique animations.
This interactive piece of heritage
interpretation has revealed a curious
remnant of Winnipeg's past, reminding
us of our flood history while becoming
an exciting subject of social media posts
for a new generation of information
seekers.



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TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
FORUM
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
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