Welcome to Digital Gateways, an experiential hands-on evening where our digital visionaries will bring to life the latest in digital technologies and engineering in Aurecon’s new treehouse at 25 King Street.
Let us take you on a journey where you will experience the digital tools and methodologies that Aurecon embrace and deliver, integrated with our design and engineering capability.
Below are some of our key exhibitions for the evening – simply scroll through the images and click the arrows for more information.
Journey to immersion
Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that is changing the face of our industry.
VR has become essential to our storytelling experience. It has changed the way we communicate design implications to community stakeholders; allows us to immerse the client’s operators in a design review to garner practical feedback and safely teleported a geotechnical expert to dizzying heights of a cliff face where only drones can go. Real. Immersive. Experiential.
Immerse yourself in VR experiences at Digital Gateways:
Cycle a proposed bicycle route with our world champion track cyclist as your coach
Paddle through a proposed wetland revitalisation with our Olympic rower
Explore Brisbane Domestic Airport and adjust wayfinding signage to find the optimal design layout
Close the gap between intention and reality.
siteLab is Aurecon’s own real-time visualisation platform that aids in collaboration, communication and the decision-making process. It combines the flexibility of a real-time environment with the benefits of tailored client solutions to bring about an entirely different way of looking at projects.
Experience siteLab at Digital Gateways:
View and navigate 3D engineering models in real-time
Experience the power of siteLab on both PC and mobile devices
Gain an understanding of complex engineering projects, broken down into simple visual elements
Learn how siteLab enables completely new ways of working
The Sahara sands
We are playful with serious intent.
There is often a thin line between science-fiction and science.
Augmented Reality (AR) blurs the line between what is real and what isn’t by enabling us to see what is possible in the context of what is current. Whether “possible” is the design you are working to, you’re developing a model of the original asset or of a future desired state, you can see both iterations together and inspect them from every angle.
Collaboration through play can achieve unexpected outcomes. Our sandbox might look like it’s only for fun, but it facilitates greater engagement to garner new ideas, and presents complex technological connections in a simplified, compelling way.
It's playful, it’s fun, it’s even surprisingly relaxing – but it is also serious in communicating new ideas and generating engagement. Come and play!
A map to engagement
Collaborative decision-making is at the heart of every successful project.
From government agency alignment, through to establishing successful partnerships, transparent reporting and community consultation; effective communication and engagement is crucial in the successful design, development and delivery of infrastructure.
With an unprecedented demand for investment to support economic and social infrastructure that will keep pace with a rapidly changing world, communication and consultation is critical to maintaining momentum.
An effective engagement strategy can influence go/no-go decisions on investment, enable social licence to operate, de-risk complex negotiations, and deliver infrastructure that is welcomed by the communities we serve.
At Digital Gateways you’ll experience digital engagement tools that facilitate collaboration and effective engagement through digital solutions. These include:
NovoView uses augmented reality to bring to life a station upgrade to support communication objectives prior to commencement of works and reduce impact on commuters during construction
SwipeEngage uses simple physical swiping gestures to navigate through a complex environment and enables us to create very simple, engaging and fun ways of working with stakeholders
Ideas are much more powerful when shared. Engineers are at the forefront of the innovations that help solve the most complex challenges facing humanity. Our work matters because it has exponential impact on society. But the real value lies not only in the technical mastery, but in the knowledge and emotion we can unlock in others.
Our human understanding is shaped by what we can see.
We can only collaborate when we understand. Visual mediums create a sense of place that provides a common basis for engagement and conversation. We use technology to augment our technical expertise, and to help our engineers share their stories. We are the custodians of the design narrative.
We are so serious about storytelling that we have established Unsigned Studio, a global team of creative professionals that enable people to experience and explore engineering like never before. Unsigned Studio makes journeys unforgettable and tell stories that connect. By using visualisation, interactive and creative technologies, we create memorable human experiences that communicate and engage.
Experience the power of visual storytelling at Digital Gateways:
Data is the new oil, or so they say. Making sense from data to gain real insights is essential to understanding business needs and continuously improving into the future.
Our Digital Insights group focuses on machine learning and advanced analytics to increase economic value for our clients while being adaptive with our outputs in deliverables without compromising deadlines. Beyond simply exploring concepts in these fields, they are working with domain experts across the business in delivering new types of value for our clients.
Experience one of our Aurecon Apps – Field Force – to capture your thoughts first hand so you can see live data being built and explored.
From saving energy in the operation of complex facilities, to recognising features and patterns among millions of images, come and gain some insights into emerging possibilities.
The road to digitisation
How well do you know your assets? How can we improve our reality if we can’t capture it accurately? Our constantly changing world is complex, and to model it, we need to create precise digital worlds – but this isn’t easy.
Digitising the Estate is Aurecon’s framework for propelling an asset (hospital campus, mining process area etc) by providing a digital profile of existing and real-time asset behaviour that can be used to optimise business performance. By creating and implementing a complete digital estate, companies can detect physical issues sooner, predict outcomes more accurately, and drive greater value through assets now and in the future.
Imagine with a digitised estate:
Visualise, touch and move high-fidelity 3D models
Use augmented reality to look behind office panels and under floors to visualise services such as air conditioning
Utilise machine learning to substantially reduce your energy consumption
Deploy IoT sensors to optimise building design and trafficability
Improve emergency management through asset optimisation
Extend the life of your asset base by understanding and predicting when failures will occur
Just like you, we need access to technology to enable our teams to work smarter.
We also need to be able to visualise, collaborate and dynamically update our designs to engage with our clients. If we can’t always find the digital tools we want, we build our own.
Some of Aurecon’s internally developed apps include:
Field Force is a mobile application that enables us to capture information from anywhere using customisable forms and automation.
Drawing Box came from frustration in accessing drawings and documents while at project sites. Using a QR code installed on an asset, we use Drawing Box to access digital drawing repositories and document databases, either stored locally or in the cloud.
Propeller is our platform to incubate ideas and foster innovation across teams and businesses. It provides an open space to propose, grow and critique ideas among peers.