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No longer limited to intensive gaming or high-end architecture, virtual reality is making in-roads in the landfill sector.
Landair Surveys, a leading surveying firm in Australia, has introduced a new way for their landfill clients to interactively view their site data.
Previously, waste managers relied on 2D plans and concept drawings to visualise the relationship between existing site conditions and future operations. However, the rise of 3D viewing platforms has led to the possibility of creating virtual landfills where many different spatial data sets can be viewed simultaneously.
The surveyors at Landair now offer prospective clients virtual landfill models that can be tailored to individual landfill sites or operational requirements. The models can be as simple as an online visual tool to a downloadable interactive viewer allowing the user to take basic measurements and create clipping planes.
- Examples of current virtual files created for landfill operators include:
- Design top of waste contours overlaid on existing landfill surfaces
- Design clay sideliner files overlaid on existing rockface surveys
- View of proposed finished top of cap levels from site boundaries
- Month by month landfill cell flyover comparisons
- Composite as built clay liner and subgrade checks.