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.
If you are interested in engaging CADwalk’s advanced design technologies, please contact us here.
CADwalk VR is now available to allow further validation to the final look of a design. This can be included in a design workshop or can be used as a stand alone service. For more info please give us a ring.
Following the success of CADwalk's space optimisation and validation applications in the control room design and retail store fit out industries, now CADwalk enables you to walk through your dream home before you spend any money building or renovating it.
If you are in the process of designing your new home, living space, garden or renovation project, CADwalk is here to ensure what gets built is exactly what you'd dreamed of. CADwalk can model your home layout in a life size projection; meaning complete homes, rooms and gardens can all be simulated in original size, walked through, instantly edited and felt in cm for cm accuracy.
Bring your existing plans for a new home or a renovation or even a garden project to us. They may be sketches, builders plan on paper or in a digital format. Whatever the input, our team of experts can get your design ready for a CADwalk Workshop. After workshopping your project with our experienced Architect, to come up with your dream layout and design, you have the option of receiving your finalised plan as CAD drawings, 3D interactive models, precise renderings, whatever you need to finish the job.
Finally, the time has come! We are looking forward to the opening of our new CADwalk facility in Unterföhring near Munich on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
We are particularly happy that the Australian Ambassador, Mrs. Lynette Wood, will be with us on this special day.
CADwalk Europe GmbH is the first European branch of the Australian company CADwalk Global Pty.Ltd. CADwalk is a unique new system for room planning and design in both life size and real-time as well as fully scalable, in 2D & 3D and - if desired - in Virtual Reality. Unlike conventional planning tools, a whole team can work on complex room planning within a very short time. The application possibilities are almost unlimited: office and building planning, shopping centers, retail, city planning, factory planning, power supply, command and control centers, etc. In short: wherever you are facing extensive or difficult space situations the use of CADwalk is an excellent solution. As complete teams can work together at the planning stage, they save a lot of time, energy and money, which would otherwise be spent on meetings, telephone calls, tons of emails and revisions.
How does it work? The planning process takes place in a hall on a 200m2 projection area, where space layouts are projected onto the floor. The individual objects of the layout can be moved using so-called "tracking trees". These object shifts are recorded by means of motion cameras and the results are reproduced in 2D or 3D on the front of the projection room on a 10x4m screen. You’ll experience your new room plan in life size, and are able to walk-through with a visual impression. In addition, we give our customers the opportunity to get a close experience of their planning in Virtual Reality.
You see, we have a lot to offer! Book your personal rendezvous now:
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We look forward to welcoming you at the CADwalk in Unterföhring
A WORLD-first augmented reality tool is being expanded into Europe to create designs for everything from hospital emergency departments to factories.
Building upon a regular Computer Aided Design (CAD) plan, the patented CADwalk system uses software to display an image of a room on to a large wall screen and project the floor plan on to the floor in actual size.
First developed with the help of the Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia, CADwalk Global was previously known as Jumbo Vision International. The company originally used the software to design control rooms, but has now expanded it for use in almost any mission critical environment.
Chief Operations Officer at CADwalk Global Lena Kimenkowski said the system gave users a physical sense of a designed space before the building process began.
“It’s all about getting the key experience of the space, especially for people who aren’t designers, but can walk through a space and know if it feels right,” she said.
“A lot of the time these sort of industries create mock-ups using wood or cardboard, so CADwalk is a big cost saver, and it’s also more environmentally friendly.
“You bring in the sort of people who know their environment and they can then play through different scenarios or get a sense for what kind of impact a change such as adding new machinery is going to have and optimise from that.
“You would probably focus on separate areas in the design, so it might be multiple rooms with different areas, so for example an emergency department, surgeries, and so on.”
Because CADwalk relies on specialised hardware, expanding its physical offices worldwide is an important part of bringing the service to more designers.
Last month CADwalk launched its first international office in Munich, Germany. The Munich office will open fully next month as a central location to provide design services for Europe
The opening of the Munich office was aided by an Australian Federal Government commercialisation grant, with the Germany based office planned to tap into factory design in the region.
“What we’re doing is we really looked for subject matter experts in each field, because there are already experts out there designing factories and so on,” Kimenkowski said.
“Then we provide CADwalk to them as a service so they can work with their clients, the big thing we want to do is show people that it’s here and that other people can use it.
“It doesn’t have to be us leading the consulting or the design process, we can just make it available for other people to utilise as well.”
Each of CADwalk’s offices feature a 200sq m floor that can be used to display floor plans. By panning or scaling, the floor can display larger designs, with some of CADwalk’s biggest projects approaching 2000 square metres in size.
Since expanding on its initial premise, CADwalk has been used to design several towers for Airservices Australia.
CADwalk was also used to test and approve a shop-refit in a single day workshop between an external designer and their client in Western Australia.
“We think that there’s a lot of interest for people to look at their designs in a different way in advance, rather than going ahead with the building side of things straight away,” Kimenkowski said.
“I think that people have to look at manufacturing in a different way.”
CADwalk’s main use to date has been to facilitate and optimise the design of technical rooms all over Australia and New Zealand, and has been especially useful for the design of control rooms and air traffic control towers for companies such as Airservices Australia, Chevron and Transpower. However the applications for CADwalk extend to a diverse range of applications where the optimisation and design of spaces is critical. One of the new applications showing very exciting potential is ‘Retail fit-out’. Optimising retail space for smooth traffic flow while maximising shopper exposure to products has very clear financial returns on the investment in the CADwalk process for retailers.
After discussions with Diverse Shopfitters, Australia’s leading independent shop fitting company and winner of three awards at the 2015/16 ASOFIA National Interior Fitout Awards, CADwalk was engaged with a client of Diverse Shopfitters for the design of a new gourmet grocery, fresh food, delicatessen in the affluent suburb of Floreat in Western Australia. The fit-out consisted of a deli section (smallgoods, cheeses etc), areas for fresh fruit and vegetables, dry goods, dairy and meat, with the back of house involving office space, cool rooms & freezers, and a food preparation area.
All of the project stake holders were present on the day of the CADwalk workshop, including the shopfitter, the client and the designer, and after a brief presentation from the CADwalk team, the group were asked about their concerns. As the discussion unfolded the CADwalk team were able to step back and simply facilitate the operation of the system to reflect the group’ conversations and ideas. The group moved around the space, walking up and down the simulated aisles, moving shelving and equipment to assess the consequential impact on the overall space. The CADwalk team even provided 2D shopping trolleys for the group to push around the store!
The layout was discussed, alternatives were assessed and a final layout was decided on, validated and approved at the CADwalk workshop in one day by all of the stake holders. The clients walked away with a greater understanding of their space and how it was being used. The shopfitter walked away confident that the client was happy with the proposed design and would not be causing concerns midway through construction, that may otherwise have been painful and expensive for all. The designer walked away happy that the proposed design and layout was in fact the right solution all along and happy that their client now had a greater level of trust in their recommendations.
The designer said “It was a great presentation and I know my clients had a lot of value from this. I’m looking forward to showing more clients!”
Gerhard (Kim) Kimenkowski, Managing Director, thanked attendees for a wonderful evening with the following words:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending our CADwalk Opening and Jumbo Vision 25th birthday celebration. In my view, the event was an incredible success and on behalf of our team, I would like to thank you for spending the evening with us. It was great to have the opportunity to meet and catchup with so many of you face to face and it was fantastic to see so many industry leaders in the same room, enjoying themselves.
I hope you had the chance to meet our local MP’s Peter Tinley and Nathan Morton as well as some of our international representatives Mark Thomas, Eduard Schroeder and Manfred Reich who are taking charge of bringing CADwalk to Europe, USA and beyond.
Once again, I would like to thank you for spending such an enjoyable evening with Jumbo Vision and CADwalk employees and I look forward to speaking with you soon. “
The inaugural CADwalk event at the new premises in Western Australia has been a success. The Lean Special Interest Group, facilitated by Shinka Management, were the first group to have the opportunity to experience the newly completed CADwalk in Perth.
This event provided a fantastic opportunity for members to learn more about CADwalk’s application in optimising manufacturing processes, to try their hand at solving a lean management problem using CADwalk, and to network with likeminded people after formal proceedings.
Shinka Management’s Paul Smith provided the opportunity for attendees to experience a live walk through of the Metal One Isuzu Gifu Service Centre (a steel coil handling facility located near Nagoya, Japan), an excellent example of the efficient use of space and application of 5S principles to support safety, quality and efficiency.
CADwalk allows clients to understand plans and space in a new and exciting way by using the latest in advanced visualisation technologies to create an interactive, life-size design experience.