Norwich engineer invents virtual way to see the Broads

Engineer Joe Rutland and his father John out photographing The Broads to create a visual recording in the same vein as Google’s Streetview.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Engineer Joe Rutland and his father John out photographing The Broads to create a visual recording in the same vein as Google’s Streetview. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
7:00 AM

It’s time to see the Broads as you have never seen them before.

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The Broadsview website where you can see the stunning waterways online.The Broadsview website where you can see the stunning waterways online.

Engineer Joe Rutland, 27, has been travelling across Norfolk’s beautiful waterways in his Tandem, a pedal powered canoe, capturing the detailed panoramas.

Fitting a specialist camera above a pedal drive in the middle of the boat, Broadsview gives a virtual experience of the 120 miles of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

Mr Rutland, from Bracondale in Norwich said: “This project will give potential visitors the power to explore and plan their journey before they even leave their house and aims to increase use of the Broads as a source of enjoyment and exercise.

“I wanted to show off how attractive the Broads are, as well as making people aware of the lesser-known areas.”

The Broadsview website where you can see the stunning waterways online.The Broadsview website where you can see the stunning waterways online.

The project is a partnership between the family business, Rutland Pedalcraft, and the Broads Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) and is in the same vein as Google’s Streetview.

Mr Rutland, with his dad John, 64, and numerous volunteers have so far captured 60 miles of the Broads for Broadsview, and continues to expand week by week.

Adrian Clarke, senior waterways and recreation officer for the Broads Authority, said: “Joe has done a really amazing job of promoting the Broads in this way and helping people appreciate its unique and beautiful qualities.”

To see the progress of Broadsview visit: www.broadsview.co.uk.

Have you got a Broads story? Contact Broads reporter Rosa McMahon on rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772453

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