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Designing Railways using Augmented Reality

How do you bring a railway to life so that better decisions can be made about its future?

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To do this we used advanced virtual and augmented reality technology to recreate exactly what HS2 will look like, what it will sound like and how it will operate long before it physically exists.

Designing HS2 using Digital Technology

We used advanced virtual and augmented reality technology to show exactly how HS2 would look.

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Imagining the future of rail

Using photo realism, virtual reality, augmented reality and sophisticated visual and aural representations of every aspect of the railway line, we were able to completely bring to life the route, the stations, the experience and the impact of the proposed line as part of the planning and consultation process. Creating a digital version of the future has helped everyone involved make better decisions about a major piece of infrastructure.

Railway Technology

We combined our deep technical expertise in how every aspect of a railway line is designed and built with our knowledge of advanced digital visual and sound techniques.

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Striving for accuracy

Every representation used to visualise the route was verified and, most importantly, peer reviewed. This means that those involved could trust that they were as accurate as possible.

“We have been working with HS2 Ltd since 2009 and it is both exciting and a privilege to contribute to one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects.”

Colin Stewart

Global Rail Leader, Arup

Imagining the railways of the future

This has set a new benchmark for how major projects can be brought to life.

Consultations with decision makers, communities and action groups were richer and more specific and the media were provided with footage that enabled the public to get a deeper understanding. Imagining the future has enabled everyone involved – from designers to policy makers – to make better decisions at every stage of the process.

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