The contemporary e-public engagement

Photos above: 3D Retrofitting of Noise Barrier on Long Tin Road and Ma Wang Road, Hong Kong. The upper one shows the mitigated noise effect, and the lower photo shows the unmitigated noise effect of a retrofitting barrier project. Video – Can you imagine the environmental impact in your mind? –

The contemporary e-governance facilitates information exchange with communicable, interactive platforms. Remarkably, the digital trend is on the way to provide user-friendly and digitised civil services for the project proponents and the general public, from the informational website, online registration program, to searchable open database. How do we utilize this digitalisation in environmental discipline? ANewR Consulting Limited has the solution.

The visualised, virtual reality (VR) illustration is incredibly practical for a metropolitan situation. One of the city’s striking models is Hong Kong’s three-dimensional (3D) retrofitting barrier impact digital visualisation – ANewR’s prime example of implementing digitalisation into environmental discipline to turn the historical practice perfect for the stakeholder engagement throughout the project.  

Conventionally, the environmental specialist has assessment results in a pile of reports in figures, tables, and drawings generated by acoustic software. Entering the digitalisation age, the 3D noise-level visualisation for a retrofitting barrier assessment project successfully brings out the calculated impact in the pragmatic project location. The proposed project’s assessment value is programmed to develop the 3D graphics and animations in a 3D VRML file format. The proportionate images of the buildings, the surroundings, and retrofitting barriers draw stakeholders’ actual environment for results review. It is clear to follow the computed noise impact in the mitigated and unmitigated scenarios through a few button clicks. In the 3D animation, the multi-coloured indication exhibits different noise levels, based on the Calculation of Road Traffic Noise. Incorporating environmental practitioners’ knowledge with innovative digital skills contributes to an understandable expression of the technical proposal. 

The move to digitalisation in environmental discipline is hitting two main targets. First, the visualisation reaches the aim of public consultation – stakeholder engagement through a digestible communication digital method. The general public, who is not assumed to be sufficiently proficient in retrieving the coordinate and matching charts of results and various documents to get a particular location point’s noise level, is now empowered to understand the project effect. Also, reviewing the calculation records used to be time-consuming and possibly prolonging the project time-span. Providing visualisation aid for project proponents and decision-makers improves project evaluation and study efficiency. 

Integrating data into one visualised illustration renews the way of communications. ICT contributes to data accessibility. It empowers diverse functions involved in the process. Harnessing the potentials of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) from start to continuous improvement in environmental project development unveils the right interpretation of development investment we face each day and afterward.

The idea of digital visualisation is not to discard the tradition; this enhances the generation’s practice to deliver coherent, more favorable results to all. The upcoming is a 4-dimensional generation, strengthening 3-D visual capability with sound effects to create an authentic learning journey. Partaking in the Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR training project, ANewR has applied the fundamental knowledge of noise and acoustic window and balcony products in the built environment into digital tools to create the VR experience with sound effects. Visually being in the built environment with the acoustic products installed, the user is standing at one point wearing the VR headset and holding the controller to handle the acoustic products’ open or closure. The user audibly recognises the noise level differences in various scenarios; their acoustic expertise is now turning from imaging the data to a useful background experience. 

ANewR apprehends the visual digitalisation in noise impact with interactive animation. Next is how to apply an immersive, automatic virtual environment and the smart monitoring and assessment automation systems in environmental projects to engage stakeholders to a greater extent.

Video – Visualising environmental data using 3D/4D VR tech:

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
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