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Notes from the field

March 29, 2011

Deep Exploration users are a diverse bunch.

I have just returned from a road trip where I visited my country’s leading aerospace company, and a small, regional civil engineering consultancy within 2 hours of each other. Both of them had real, pressing problems and were starting to find out how working in 3D can help them in their jobs.

It takes a lot of line illustrations to make a maintenance manual for an aircraft. When you add a parts catalogue and a training manual, this represents a constant, pressing, important body of work for a very busy department. Anything that can help to create these images faster and at a higher quality level represents not only a significant cost saving but an opportunity to add value to their product.

Landing Gear Parts List

With Deep Exploration, they can not only create the high quality line illustrations, but they can create the glossy cover image, and (potentially, in-time) the animated 3D instructions on a CD insert in the back of the book, all from the same desk or department. Why not!? This solves today’s problem with tomorrow in mind, and adds significant value to the finished product.

The civil engineering consultancy we met was just starting to realise the value of working and communicating in 3D. They are involved in a number of roading, bridge and other infrastructure projects in a busy region of New Zealand, so they are constantly communicating with town and regional planning authorities, local board representatives, householders and contractors about their plans. Communicating with 2D plans on paper leaves too much up to the imagination, which is dangerous when dealing with millions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars and making decisions that affect people’s lives.

By presenting their project plans in 3D, with fly-through animations, associated files and annotations, their stakeholders can immediately recognise and understand their proposal, and identify potential problems without needing to go out to site. How the infrastructure affects neighbouring buildings/dwellings, environmental features and the like can all be investigated, debated and agreed in a virtual setting, which could have a positive, meaningful impact on the real-world consenting process.

Our friends at Nextspace have a fantastic case study with South East Water in Victoria that shows how Right Hemisphere software can be used in a Regional/Town Planning setting to help with real-world projects.

How are you using Deep Exploration? Where is the value for you? Please let us know!

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