Josh instructed a friend in Rarotonga with a drone how to fly around the existing fire station. By processing the images the friend captured and sent to HG, a 3D model of the existing structure was built. “We then discussed what was needed and wanted in terms of the extension, and we designed and modelled the extension for them, drawing up the plans.”
When Josh and his team found out that it was the Japanese Government who was being approached for funding, the decision was made to create a digital twin, with a short video walkthrough, even including people moving around and children playing at the adjacent school. It was hoped that this, together with the professional design and 3D plans, would make it more easily understood by the Japanese decision-makers. “We sometimes do this for our commercial clients,” says Josh. “It’s a low-cost way to make visualising a project much easier.”
Despite some issues that needed to be overcome regarding sending data to and from Rarotonga, the project was completed remotely from New Zealand, saving time and money. The funding of around $220,000 was approved by the Japanese Government and construction work should start later in 2023.
The new extension will ensure that the residents of Ara Tapu in the Avarua District will be safer, with newer and better equipment readily available to its volunteer firefighters. “Our work was greatly appreciated by the lovely people of Raro,” says Josh, adding it was nice to see HG people using their commercial skills for a good cause.
The project was completed remotely from New Zealand, saving time and money.