Festival of Architecture 2018 & Engineering for the Future
We had a very busy weekend last week. In fact, it was a very busy Saturday to be precise. Woods was involved in two great events, ‘Open source’ as part of NZ Institute of Architects – Festival of Architecture and ‘Engineering the Future’ hosted by the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Open source – was an event where the public got a chance to visit our studio and peruse the work produced by our great team of Architects and Urban Designers in collaboration with our planners, surveyors and Engineers. Visitors were not only able to see the different types and scale of work that we do right from the massive land development projects like Milldale and Paerata right down to a compact affordable home that we have designed for a client of ours. We even mapped out the ground floor plan on the floor of our office at 1 to 1 scale. We got some great reactions from people walking through this floor plan as well as the entire development through our virtual reality set up. Urban living doesn’t seem that terrible when people are able to experience quality developments and understand the thinking that has gone into them.
Engineering the Future Exhibition – Was held at the Cloud on the same day and celebrated the 200-year anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The theme of the event was to look back over the past 200 years of Civil Engineering in NZ and to look forward to what the future might bring. The event was set up to engage children & students in pursuing careers in Engineering (especially girls) and making the public aware of what Engineers do.
Woods had had the opportunity to show off our survey technology and a few of our unique projects and how we applied technology to capture existing base information for future design. Our Matrice 600 Pro drone received a lot of attention (also being the largest at the expo) and provided plenty of dialog with the attendees regarding how we use our drones, from inspection, to Aerial imagery, to 3D building models and large-scale environment reality capture. We also had our Mobile Laser Scanning vehicle taking pride of place in the centre of the stand and received many inquisitive stare and questions, think Google street view car but with a huge laser scanner on the back of a Ute.
There was a great turn out to both events and we enjoyed discussing what we do and how we do it with all those that attended. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back next time, we looked forward to seeing you then.