Brisbane Airport Corporation

Unsigned Studio worked in collaboration with the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and wayfinding consultants Büro North to create a virtual reality experience that tested navigation of Brisbane Airport in real time. The VR experience allowed for design decisions and feedback of wayfinding elements to be made almost instantaneously, resulting in a smoother, streamlined end result and layout that was beneficial for both customers and staff.

Within the experience, users adopt the role of an arriving passenger, allowing them to focus on human scale, user centric solutions and evaluate their effectiveness in real time. Wayfinding elements within the experience are able to be manipulated and tested through a multitude of scenarios simultaneously. Other features within the experience allowed for the addition of non-permeable barriers, crowd simulation and hotspots which allowed for multiple design iterations to be shown.

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BAC Virtual wayfinding

Within the experience, users adopt the role of an arriving passenger, allowing them to focus on human scale, user centric solutions and evaluate their effectiveness in real time. Wayfinding elements within the experience are able to be manipulated and tested through a multitude of scenarios simultaneously.

Other features include the option to add of non-permeable barriers, crowd simulation and hotspots that allowed for multiple design iterations to be shown.

After completion of the model, Aurecon travelled to the Brisbane International Terminal and set up a temporary virtual reality space onsite, allowing more than 15 Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) employees including CEO Julieanne Alroe to experience the model.

These employees came from a variety of backgrounds and roles, and allowed BAC to capture a broad cross section of feedback and understanding about the proposed wayfinding changes.

“We took the mobile kit to Brisbane Airport so as many BAC staff and project stakeholders could experience the virtual reality model and have a hand in designing the wayfinding layouts,” said Murphy.

In addition to the general positive feedback regarding the effectiveness of the virtual reality experience, real design issues were identified and resolved.

Aurecon firmly believes we are at the beginning of a paradigm shift that will continue to challenge our ideas of how we interact with models, data and reality.

This powerful form of collaboration, using virtual reality, now has Aurecon applying digital engineering solutions to other aviation projects across the globe.

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