Support is everything
Creating support is significant for the outcome of high-impact projects. Introducing locals and other stakeholders very early in the process of future changes in their environment can be the first step to success.
When given the opportunity to speak, stakeholder involvement grows. By using the right visuals assumptions lessen, creating a better dialogue and less resistance.
As a landscape Architect our partner Marc van Grieken from MVGLA knows all about the challenges a new project brings to the table. His client The Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) worried that installing their new transmission lines from Polquhanity to Tongland would flare up local resistance. To avoid hold ups, locals needed to become aware of the future changes in the landscape first. To do this Marc used our visualization tool to map out the future changes in the landscape for their project.
Transmission lines over 32 miles of Scottish land
MVGLA and The Imagineers created a partnership in order to realize the 3D interactive scale model of the 32 miles of transmission lines that showed the impact of the project on the landscape. These 132 KV lines would be placed between Polquhanity and Tongland and would connect three auxiliary power stations and two hydroelectric power stations.
3D, Interactive and Virtual Reality
By using a 3D data and twelve spherical photography rendered images, we could visualize the project in a way that does not only require a team of professionals to understand and decipher the images, but a way that gives locals insight in the situation which helps create a better dialogue.
This project had great results. During local meetings stakeholders had the opportunity to get an accurate view of the future situation. This gave them the opportunity to come to the table and point out the bottlenecks. The projectteam was able take all these points into consideration in order to finetune the project plans where necessary.
From our perspective this generated a Win-Win-Win situation for all.