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Virtual reality specialist bags airport innovation award


Virtual reality specialist Ocean3D has been named as the Innovation Gateway winner at this year’s New Civil Engineer Future of Airports conference.

Ocean3D is a leading virtual reality scanning company which has applied a customer-focused approach to the concept digital twins.  

The aim is to produce virtual reality environments of public spaces to help with journey planning, and to ease the anxiety of travelling in a new place, especially for those with mental health issues or young families.  

Using cameras and laser scanners, Ocean3D technicians can replicate an environment, like an airport or railway station in just a few days.  

The interior digital twin is then filled with information and directions that tell customers exactly where they need to go to check in at the airport, collect tickets in a railway station, or find facilities.  

Ocean3D director Chris Wood told New Civil Engineer that the virtual reality environments would help give “equality and accessibility” to those who need more assistance to travel.  

Ocean3D’s software can also be used in civils projects, allowing designers and engineers to remotely view on-site progress.  

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, British Aviation Group deputy chair Jason Fowler said the judges were impressed with all the entries, but Ocean3D stood out with product’s impact directly on customers who needed support.  

“All the candidates embraced technology, which is great to see, the shortlisted candidates had really put in quality thinking behind their tech to address clear issues” he said. “Ocean3D’s product addresses a community that hitherto have not been given a huge amount of support in a very innovative way and will have a real impact on the customers.” 

The judges were also impressed by the commercial benefits created by runner-up Signol for developing a platform to enhance and improve key-decision making, saving Virgin Airways millions of pounds. 

The competition was judged by British Aviation Group deputy chair Jason Fowler, Grimshaw London managing partner Mark Middleton, JCJ Consulting managing director Jacqui Johnson, and Luton Airport Limited development director Anita Gackowska. 

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