Innovation and Technology in the Development Industry

Posted on November 15th, by Kathryn Kutchel in Events, In the Media, Our people.

As seen in the VPELA Revue Magazine, Taylors own Matthew Law recaps the mid-year VPELA Seminar and the Reality Modelling capabilities demonstrated there.

VPELA YPG held a seminar mid-year on innovation and technology in the development industry, at the Foys Arcade in Melbourne CBD. Despite the cold weather, it was one of the largest YPG events for the year, attracting a crowd from a range of disciplines to hear about the latest in our industry and where to next.

Taylors led the presentation, which included a look into 3D reality modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and laser scanning. We were treated to an interactive session where people were able to step into the virtual world to view a range of developments and projects and, for the creative people in the room, a quick lesson in 3D painting in virtual reality by professional artist Richard Payne was a hit!

One of the key projects showcased on the night included the use of 3D reality modelling at VCAT which was one the first times this technology had been used before the Tribunal. Utilising a combination of traditional survey methods.: and drone imagery, a photo-realistic 3D model was created for the site in Port Melbourne with the proposed design being superimposed into the model. The result was an accurate representation of the proposal in context with the surrounding development which could be viewed in real-time allowing the VCAT member to assess the proposal from any angle and any position (such as the neighbour’s backyard, first floor balcony or neighbouring street). This was one such example that will shake up how we approach development in the future.

Foys Arcade was the perfect backdrop to demonstrate all the cutting-edge technology on hand. Like something out of a science fair, there were a range of exhibitions and interactive technologies to use. Many people enjoyed virtual reality and augmented reality experiences of real-world developments while the 3D printer was busily creating a scaled model in front of them to take home.

Laser scanning added a different element to the offering, showcasing the accuracy and speed of ground and aerial survey of some of Melbourne’s iconic buildings including the Palais Theatre, Grand Prix Track and Hisense Arena. Taylors showcased the only TIMMS indoor mobile laser scanner available for project use in the southern hemisphere which collects huge amounts of data that can be used for 3D modelling, detailed design, facility management and virtual reality.

The Seminar was a great success and the VPELA YPG hopes to explore future technology and innovation events over the coming years.