The NSW Department of Planning and Environment in partnership with Catalyst embarked on an ambitious Virtual Reality program to help engage residents of Greater Sydney with the Five Million Trees program.
Virtual Reality was chosen due to its powerful ability to immerse users in an experience. The objective of the Five Million Trees VR project was to immerse viewers in a flyover of Greater Sydney showing the impact planting Five Million Trees would have on Sydney’s urban canopy.
Building density, housing and urban design changes were made to the model before textures and features were added. Regular review and planning sessions with the project team saw changes to the design and aesthetics to ensure an accurate representation of a future version of Sydney.
A dynamic flight path for the VR experience was then designed, starting in the east over Sydney Heads and travelling up Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and Harbor Bridge before following the Parramatta River to finally finish travelling up and out over the Blue Mountains.
The Five Million Trees VR Experience at the Home Show had a huge impact with hundreds of visitors participating. The detailed animation and immersive experience drew a big response from participants many of whom had not experienced VR headsets before.