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VR/AR in Architecture & Engineering

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Wellington Airport Conference Centre

Stewart Duff Drive

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A dive into the use of VR and AR in the architecture and engineering industry of New Zealand. We will be talking about practical applications today through to where it is going in the future.


Join Archaus' Gavin Urquhart to hear about the VR elements in the process of their projects with Wellington International Airport. This will be followed by three rotating mini-workshops led by Engineering New Zealand's Susan Freeman-Greene, Victoria University's Tane J Moleta and BECA's Chris Flynn and Michael Howden. The event will conclude with a panel discussion and a chance to try some VR/AR demos.


Drinks & nibbles provided.




Gavin Urquhart, Archaus

Gavin is the BIM Manager at Archaus and has been using Revit for 12 years. His skills and knowledge have led him into many varied roles and projects, including the design of the Hobbiton Film Set and Sir Peter Jackson’s Movie Museum in New Zealand...all using Revit and BIM processes!

Gavin is responsible for developing Archaus’ approach to BIM related technology, processes and standards. He has also been involved in the creation of the NZ BIM Handbook, NZ Metadata Standards Committee, Augmented Reality software development, Asset and Facilities recording and database integration, 4D virtual construction simulation & 5D construction cost BIM integration. Gavin has also recently implemented VR into the design workflow at Archaus


Susan Freeman-Greene, Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ)

Susan became Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand in February 2015. She has worked in senior leadership and management for the last 15 years, heavily influenced by earlier roles as a lawyer and a mediator. Before starting at Engineering New Zealand, she was Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She has also worked at the Human Rights Commission, as Chief Mediator and Strategic Policy Manager, and for the former Department of Labour.

She values the experience she has gained in both harder-edged legal/compliance/analytic skills and softer-edged but critical relationship, influencing and advocacy skills, and is passionate about the possibilities mediation offers in intractable disputes.

She describes her current role at Engineering New Zealand, with its vision of 'engineering a better life for New Zealanders', as a privilege, a challenge and a fantastic opportunity.



Tane J Moleta (B,Des; M.Arch), Victoria University of Wellington
Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Digital Design Technologies at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture.
Located in the field of digital design, Tane's work focusses on the use of virtual, mixed and augmented reality. His particular contribution to the field has been the application of real-time virtual environments as tools for architecture, urban design and planning.



Chris Flynn, Associate Structural Designer, BECA

Over the past 23 years Chris has prepared engineering designs for Residential, Industrial, Commercial and Land Development projects. He’s been increasingly experimenting with a range of AR/VR solutions to communicate designs to our clients, rather than relying on them interpreting technical designs. Currently Chris leads Beca’s Structural Drafting team as well as our AR/VR and BIM (Building Information Management) practices in Wellington.



Michael Howden, BECA

Michael has spent 17 years delivering technology solutions to clients in government, emergency management, food and beverage and agricultural. He has a wide range of technical experience including writing code, data analysis, facilitating stakeholders and leading project teams. He’s interested in how AR/VR can be used to communicate complex data sets and provide a new user interface paradigm through which to deliver solutions. Currently Michael leads Beca’s Technology Services team in Wellington as well as looking for new ways to use technology to enhance Beca’s services.




Free parking will be available to attendees. Please take a ticket at the entrance to the airport car park and you will receive a complimentary ticket for your exit.




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