Why immersion into the digital world matters

Digitisation is changing the way we view projects as we make way for real-time rendering technology.

Wood & Grieve Engineers now part of Stantec (WGE) are continually driving technological developments in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) field. BIM programs are now far more than a documentation tools, they design, document, and plan, challenging traditional engineering work flows.

Intelligent 3D processes allow stakeholders to envisage a completed project in detail miles ahead of its project construction. This is particularly important if you are constructing a building which has tight restrictions or complex design, as you can identify possible services clashes faster than ever before.

Whether it be plugins, integrated analysis or visualisation technology, programs such as Revit, Navisworks, Fuzor, Enscape™ and Elumtools (Lighting Calculation Analysis) can be integrated with BIM and make the world of difference for our clients and their projects.

Breaking the shackles of 2D rendering and amination, our Brisbane office has invested in a state-of-the-art digital coordination room where engineers, clients, and external consultants can better understand the complexities of the building services design using plugins that generate renderings and animations in real-time walkthroughs straight from BIM models, providing an easier and quicker way to create 3D visualisation renderings.

The digital coordination room is being used to develop and enhance knowledge of WGE projects. The room, boasting a large 85” screen allows the Brisbane office to host both internal and external coordination sessions with clients and external consultants.

Using 3D simulation, projects can be brought to life, allowing engineers and clients to visit project sites, and be fully immersed and experience the surrounding environment and project before ever having to step foot on site. It also allows clients to virtually visit the ‘pre-build site’ to help them better understand the process and increase confidence in the project.

With just one click, we are now able to give our clients a fully immersive experience within the digital world. It builds excitement for the project, offering our clients an accurate representation of what we’re going to create for them in real life, allowing them to feel and explore the space, rather than just trying to imagine it. We can call this a digital twin” explains WGE Buildings BIM Lead/Electrical Designer, James Marshall.

“The digital coordination room give us the ability to capture future projects by simulating and visualising existing buildings and sites through 3D scanning technology. We can now walk through fully rendered projects from the comfort of the office rather than visiting the site on numerous occasions,” adds James.

Beneficial for both WGE and clients, being able to discuss projects with clients and having them being able to virtually experience the projects within the digital coordination room, not only allows for fewer mistakes and speeding up client approvals, but the individual experience is also memorable, allowing our clients get more out of our designs and feel more part of the process.

“A great advantage of digitisation is using software that provides real-time render, allowing for real-time revisions and corrections to the project. What’s more, it’s dynamic, lots of fun and clients get to see their projects before they’re completed. Using a virtual camera, we can capture high quality images and videos on screen in digital environment and explore surroundings by simply moving around.

“Using developments like BIM has the potential to reduce on-site accidents and can bolster health and safety efforts. Our ability to walk through BIM models and make design changes without leaving Revit is a real time saver, a very important factor in our industry where time is money,” says James

We host several internal and external coordination sessions with clients and external consultants.


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