CADwalk Global's (CWG) visualisation technology has played a key role in supporting the development of Australia’s significant OneSKY Australia Program – the most complex transformation of air traffic management in Australian aviation history.
Airservices needed to validate the layout and design concepts for its new OneSKY civil military air traffic operations rooms, as well as to solve some identified design challenges. Using innovative 3D modelling and virtual reality (VR) technology, CWG was able to help Airservices air traffic controllers visualise and experience the planned OneSKY operations rooms being built in Melbourne and Brisbane. The experience meant staff could provide valuable feedback that was incorporated into the design before plans were signed off.
CWG used leading visualisation technologies to demonstrate a life- size, interactive visualisation of the new workplace during a one day workshop. The team entered the workshop thinking they had only two design challenges but were able to quickly identify at least four more using CADwalk’s advanced visualisation technology. By walking through a realistic visualisation of the design, the team could clearly see the conceptual design and could workshop options to overcome design challenges such as visibility and ensuring key furniture wasn’t missing. With no prior knowledge of CAD required CADwalk’s design technology allowed Airservices to interact with the CAD plans, enabling them to become the designers and optimisers of their own future work space.
For the hundreds of other Airservices staff CWG took the proposed design on tour using VR technology to display the future OneSKY operations rooms in Melbourne and Brisbane. CWG partnered with Kadego to create the “serious game” which over 250 Airservices staff attended. Feedback from the sessions was excellent with participants commenting on how useful and enjoyable the experience was. They were able to see and comment on everything from the colour and finishes of the rooms, to the layout of desks and consoles.
After the workshop and sessions, Airservices was able to hold interactive Q&A session with operators and complete their design with confidence knowing staff were comfortable and had been involved throughout the process. The VR validation tour also led to some exciting new ideas for the future including potentially using the technology for air traffic controller training and simulation exercises.
The next phase of this exciting OneSKY program is in progress with the ATSC program moving into the construction procurement phase.
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