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Quarry model wins over the planners

VIRTUAL REALITY modelling can play a vital role in the planning process.

This is the view of VR specialist Annexeon, whose virtual reality modelling was instrumental in Lafarge Aggregates winning planning consent for a major new extraction site in the Derbyshire countryside.

Annexeon's 'before' and 'after' views of Lafarge's quarry in Whitwell formed an integral part of Lafarge's proposal, which set out to demonstrate that the works would not adversely affect the countryside in an area which includes Creswell Crags, an area of special scientific and historic interest.

Two models, the 'as is' and the 'as proposed' highlighted the effects of change and enabled construction activities such as remedial landscaping and tree planting to be properly specified.

The models were shown as part of the final presentation to the local planning authority and Parish Council and planning consent was granted.

Annexeon is a commercial spin-off from the Centre for Industrial and Medical Information (CIMI) at the University of Nottingham.

CIMI has an established reputation in virtual reality modelling, and Annexeon's aim is to convince the construction industry of the benefits.

INFOPLUS www. annexeon.co.uk

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