The Challenge:

The challenge was to provide the school staff, pupils and other stakeholders the ability to remotely (e.g. virtually) walk through their building, giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment prior to handover and occupation of the new school. 

Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this challenge was amplified with the output becoming critical as a result of being unable to host our usual pre-handover site visits in person. These visits traditionally happen prior to handover and the occupation the new school, providing a key opportunity for familiarisation and operational training. Determined not to let the situation block this engagement it was time to get creative.

The Solution:

At Kier we didn’t want this to impact on the key interaction which was required with the various project stakeholders.

To ensure that we could still provide stakeholders with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment, Craig Mason (BIM Manager KCNS) identified an opportunity to use an existing technology typically used for other construction and handover purposes to build a Virtual Transition Model.

Using scanning equipment, Craig was able to capture and translate the physical building into a virtual environment. Once scanning was complete, a simple pdf document were created with embedded links to the virtual model. The model was also enriched with wayfinding / signage and departmental links to enhance the end user experience. The pdf document was then distributed to the school and local authority, providing all project stakeholders with an intuitive and engaging solution to the original challenge.   

The Impact:

You can see the Alness Academy virtual transition model here.

This innovative initiative has been hugely successful and has received significant positive feedback from all project stakeholders. This was confirmed through the stats we collate which indicated that we had +1400 hits in its first two weeks.

The success and high levels of engagement with the Virtual Transition Model was down to the simplicity of presenting a very sophisticated technology within a pdf document, linking to an intuitive and engaging user experience. This meant that there was no requirement for training or for project stakeholders to have expensive software installed.

Going forward, it has been identified that due to the success of the Virtual Transition Model solution, we would look to offer it as an enhance handover deliverable on all projects going forward.

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