The use of interactive3d as a tool in municipal planning & delivery - Dave Lockwood


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The Naledi3d Factory uses VR to communicate concepts and practices in a wide range of disciplines including industrial training and safety awareness, health and sanitation, heritage, new technology concepts etc. including applications that can impact on community development

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The use of interactive3d as a tool in municipal planning & delivery - Dave Lockwood

  1. 1. The use of interactive3d as a tool in municipal planning & delivery ~Innovation in action~The Naledi3d Factory Dave Lockwood the Naledi3d Factory (The Innovation Hub, Pretoria) SAFIPA Closing Conference Pretoria, October, 2011
  2. 2. Why visually interactive communication? • It’s a visual experience  Builds comprehension  Improved memory retention • Overcomes literacy barriers • Overcomes language barriers  Showing, not tellingThe Naledi3d Factory • Vision is actually our primary sense  Our mind has evolved visually for millions of years Eli Gudza - World Links Zimbabwe (2008) (our partner in the training of emerging farmers n Zimbabwe)
  3. 3. Example: farming in Zimbabwe WSIS World Summit Award Award 2009 Bee-keeping Soil conservation Water ConservationThe Naledi3d Factory Sorghum and Pests
  4. 4. Example: Water (2006) • How to build a pit-latrine (Mozambique) • How hydro-electric power is generated (Senegal) Shona • Pump maintenance – AFRIDEVThe Naledi3d Factory
  5. 5. Rural hygiene (Nakaseke, Uganda) Latrines – cover and smokeThe Naledi3d Factory Fruit trees – wash fruit River – don’t wash or bathe or else….
  6. 6. The real Nakaseke…The Naledi3d Factory  Simulation used by the community centre, 24 local schools, churches and the local clinic  Has reduced dysentery and other disease in the district  Used to attract “book-phobic” locals into the community centre (to e-mail / Internet)  Still used in 2011…
  7. 7. Mine safety • Haulage-way safety • Mud rush – consequences • Off-loading of ammonia • Conveyor belt safety • Energy awareness • Gut-wrenching consequences of bad practices!The Naledi3d Factory
  8. 8. Our work with SAFIPA Addressing two levels of municipal service delivery: 1. Municipal management – Adopting SimCity to better reflect a local visual environment 2. Community resource management – Water wastage (dripping taps)The Naledi3d Factory
  9. 9. SimCity… objectives Aim: • To produce a SA version of SimCity that can be used as part of Municipal training programmes (targeting senior management, councillors etc) How • Create a local context • Substitute American buildings to better reflect local architecture Why SimCityThe Naledi3d Factory • Role-play: The Mayor (as decision-maker) has to manage the town and its infrastructural elements: – Infrastructure: water, sanitation, refuse removal, electricity, roads and transport – Commerical: residential, commerial and industrial zones – Services: Schools, libraries etc – Responds to decisions made • Revenues (rates) and expenditure (costs) • Employment levels, population growth, infrastructure problems etc
  10. 10. SimCity… outcomes SimCity Original USA police station – replaced by SAPS police stationThe Naledi3d Factory
  11. 11. Potable Water losses Aim • Reduce domestic water wastage - by showing how to replace washers in specific taps (bib; pillar etc) and cisterns Problem • Huge amounts of potable water are lost through poor maintenance. – Example: Munsieville (Klerksdorp) a 2007 water audit found losses of over 16 million litres of water a month, mostly due to leaking taps and cisterns.The Naledi3d Factory How • Create five VR simulations showing how to change washers in four taps and a cistern Implementation • Partnership with D Lentle & Assoc. - water training provider – Piloted at ERWAT - artisan training – Potential for use in other municipal community awareness interventions
  12. 12. Potable Water losses Outcomes Piloted at East Rand Water Board (ERWAT)  20 trainee artisans  11 < 25 ; 9 older  13 male / 7 female  12 live in a township environment / 4 inner city / 3 ruralThe Naledi3d Factory How was the VR lesson different from normal? • “It explains beautifully and the display of it is nice, it gives me more knowledge” • “It was faster to catch on and even to revisit” • “We can understand better when we see what we are doing” • “More of these VR lessons should be provided, they make learning much easier”
  13. 13. Potable Water losses Overall survey outcomes Mean Overall confidence - pre training / exposure to i3dlo’s – taps 2.65 1. The computer visuals make the learning easier 1.32 2. I understand better with the computer visuals 1.37 3. I understand better without the computer visuals 3.32 4. It is the teacher’s explanation which makes me understand 2.42 5. The computer visuals make the learning more enjoyable 1.42The Naledi3d Factory 6. The computer visuals complicate the learning process 3.47 7. The computer visuals help me to remember what I have learnt 1.32 8. This VR session cannot help me revise the topic 3.26 9. This VR session fits well with the rest of my lessons 1.53 10. Given the opportunity, I would like to have another VR lesson 1.05 Overall rating – post training 1.3 Overall confidence post training / exposure to i3dlo’s 1.55 1 - very confident; 2 – confident; 3 - some confidence; 4 - little confidence; 5 - no confidence
  14. 14. Was SAFIPA effective? Some thoughts… • SAFIPA has, in its three years built up a interesting network of projects and colleagues in South Africa • SAFIPA has engaged with a diverse selection of projects and organisations • SAFIPA has supported many SME’s • SAFIPA has left a network that will surely continue post SAFIPAThe Naledi3d Factory • Thanks SAFIPA … • And in particular the solid energy of Kristiina Lȁhde, Lorraine Shikwane and more recently, Thiru Swettenham
  15. 15. Onwards and upwards…The Naledi3d Factory “If not us, who? If not now, when?” (Ronald Reagan) +082 894 3178