Banff National Park is home to a spectacular landscape and countless species of wildlife, attracting more than four million visitors each year.
In realigning St. Anne Street, the City of St. Albert wanted to build amenities that would reconnect people to key downtown destinations, stimulate economic development, and embody a cohesive urban design vision.
McElhanney designed a 21,200m3 stormwater detention system for the Southwest Yorkson neighbouthood of Langley, BC. Due to land constraints, McElhanney proposed a non-traditional solution where the stormwater detention system was installed below sports fields in tanks.
The budget-friendly re-design included a much-needed new bypass around the lift station for emergency or other temporary use. Through intricate design, the team managed to tie it in with existing, unused infrastructure to save the Town added expense.
In 2014 the City of Cold Lake adopted the Kinosoo Beach Master Plan, which McElhanney planners helped the City to create. The project engaged citizens of all ages in the enhancement of one of Cold Lake’s best destinations.
The survey work for the intake tower included GPS, 3D laser scanning, UAV, and multi-beam bathymetry. The team used GPS to establish primary control from which to base the survey, and then extended that control network around the site with a conventional total station.
McElhanney gathered laser scanned data, converted it into a 3D model, then brought it into Virtual Reality software. This is a relatively simple virtual reality experience where the user can move around the station by walking or teleporting.
The 3D visualization for this project needed to show what No. 2 Road would look like after the widening between Steveston Highway and London Road was finished. Our team took photos from 5 specific locations to so the surroundings in the rendering could be accurate.
3D Photorealistic renders were required to showcase the design of this roundabout. CAD files were provided to model the roundabout as well as the terrain. After adding textures, lights and 3D models the renders were retouched to produce the final 3D imagery. The Contractor used these renderings to communicate the project to residents and stakeholders.
This Virtual Reality experience shows the potential of this technology and its benefits for project proposals, public forums, marketing, stakeholder engagement, and more. Laser scanned data, CAD models, and 3D models were used along with programming to create this fully immersive experience.