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With digital presentations, complex engineering issues can be as easy as ABC

one month ago

Using digital presentations, which can contain animated models of a plant, project or process, makes it possible for complex engineering issues to be communicated effectively among various parties, says industrial modelling and animation company Virtualscape Visuals (VSV) CEO Christo Smit.

These presentations can range from conceptual models to fully animated plants, based on technical engineering designs. Technical documents can also be embedded within the presentations, so that they can support support technical collaboration.

“Digital presentations must be fit for purpose to add value, not costs, and the design of such presentations must, therefore, be done with a clear goal in mind. Specifically, the person or entity the client wants to communicate the information to is foundational, as this determines the scope of the work, as well as the goal and tone, or level of detail that the presentation requires.”

This effective communication enables uniform understanding of the project objectives among the diverse and multiparty teams working on such projects. These digital presentations can be used to coordinate workflow or to create a repre- sentation of the expected progression of the project for potential investors, adds Smit.

VSV is a fully fledged three-dimensional animation studio and can use computer-aided design files to animate a plant, project or process in great detail and accuracy, but can also help engineers to visualise early-stage conceptual ideas, he notes.

VSV helps to solve problems of engineering companies and mining operations. For example, hazardous operations (hazop) studies, which are highly detailed and technical assessments to determine hazards and compliance with regulations on projects, can be done more effectively using the company’s digital tools and renditions of the project, Smit explains.

“These tools support standard hazop processes, where, if the members of the study note a possible hazard or compliance issue, they can use a digital representation of the plant to assess the problem visually, aided by animations of the plant during operations.”

Smit adds that members of the study can also make notes on the digital presentation for their engineers or designers to correct or modify the designs, and link these notes to a final checklist for verification and approval.

“We have found that many of our visualisations are used for training, mainly for safety and induction training, but occasionally also for coaching new engineers and technical staff working on the various project systems or processes,” says Smit, noting that such documents have proven particularly effective communication tools for companies using contract workers.

These documents can also be Web-based, giving users access to only the same draft or allowing for easy collaboration among the various company sites. Specific teams can also use such presentations to map out their own workflows over the progression of the project or construction of a plant.

While VSV does significant work for large engineering and mining companies, it also derives about 30% of its revenue from smaller-scale companies.

“We retain 90% of our clients and I believe it is because of the integrity and quality of our work, as well as our focus on providing value and usability for the client,” concludes Smit. 

Are you ready to launch your own app

one month ago

The modern business world can be overwhelming. It requires us to think faster and be more competitive in order to stand at the forefront of the proverbial gold rush.

Attaining a leading position is however rarely achieved without realising that how we do business and our clients’ requirements are constantly changing. We, as key decision makers in our organisations, thus also need to transform to ensure a sustainable move towards a better and smarter 2017.

With the rise of everything digital, the use of innovative technology has become the cornerstone of businesses’ day-to-day operations. If you are not part of this digital revolution, you run the risk being left behind or completely falling of the radar. And, of course, we wouldn’t want this to happen to you. 

Today, more and more businesses are utilising apps to propel their businesses forward. Apps allow you to interact with your clientele, which naturally improves service levels and the customer experience. Moreover, apps have the ability to build your brand’s credibility. No matter what your business has to offer, you’ll always be able to reach your clients and reinforce a closer relationship with them.

The use of apps is not only easy and fast, but it is also extremely convenient.

Although the competition is fierce within the app market, it’s always beneficial to spot a trend, embrace it, make the change, and so ensure that you confidently stay ahead of the client engagement curve.

Leverage the power of industrial animation to enhance your pitch

one month ago

Presenting your projects to clients is a challenge in itself. Presenting it to laymen with very sparse technical knowledge is even harder. This, of course, is only the case when presenting without the assistance of supporting visuals.

At Virtualscape we specialize in simplifying your technical presentation into digestible visual content for the average Joe on the street to understand.

As a valued client of ours, Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) tasked Virtualscape with exactly this job. And so, we built an interactive presentation for them leveraging our animation skills to showcase their solutions to their client. Below are a few examples of the animation contained within their presentation.

This is how Virtualscape can help you put the punch in your pitch.

The presentation visually communicates the inner working of a refrigeration and bulk air cooling installation. The visualizations form a diagrammatic backbone to an electronic library of manuals and drawings as well as fully animated representations of the various processes for training purposes.

To create these visualizations of the engineering process, our teams worked closely together to ensure a professional and realistic representation of the various components of the plant.

More about BBE

BBE is a team of specialized and experienced consulting engineers focused on mine ventilation, refrigeration, and cooling systems. The BBE team includes some 26 professionals (mainly mechanical/process engineers and draughting/design personnel with mining expertise) who tackle everything from conceptual layouts, through detailed engineering design, to complete turnkey solutions. For more information about BBE, please visit their website on www.bbe.co.za

Interested in partnering with Virtualscape Visuals on your next Engineering client pitch or would like more information about our offering, visit our website on www.vsv.co.za/visuals

What is Visual Communication

one month ago

Throughout the ages, industry lingo has constantly been changing. In the past, buzz words, like innovation and groundbreaking were initially popularized by industry to become common place. But, as is with industry norms, we quickly replaced these words with disruptive.

Just like disruptive, visual communication has become a clichéd term coined by the creative industry to define a set of services we offer. But as with all industry slang, what does this mean for everyone else? What is visual communication?

Visual communication can be defined as storytelling, but instead of words, we use pictures. Some of the pictures will move, as with video, or will convey processes, like flowcharts, others will unwrap an entire business model, like infographics.

Effective communication enables a uniform understanding of project objectives, makes sure all stakeholders are on the same page, and ultimately ensures you hit the mark with visual communication.

At Virtualscape we use visual communication to convey complex information enabling our clients to communicate their technical solutions in a simple, easy to understand manner.

- Aliza Visagie -

In short, simplify ideas!

In greater means, no matter how complex or intricate your solutions and ideas, transform them with the aid of visual communication. Making them easy to consume and understand.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step! Virtualscape Visuals

A software platform for a complete operational management environment

one month ago

One of the most important goals in business is to operate efficiently.

Virtualscape Technologies has a solution designed to help you achieve and maintain this goal. Pintl enables you to interact with all your operational data & systems from one single access point, irrespective of its nature i.e. financial, human capital, production etc.

You’ll have a single workflow solution that will support your company’s business processes seamlessly across multiple systems and divisions.

For an example of how data is prepared for optimal provision of Business Intelligence, you can view our demo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX4YMVpiXIQ

Interested in partnering with Virtualscape to propel your business forward? Feel free to get in touch: http://www.vsv.co.za/pintl.html

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Visual content is an organisation's secret weapon, says Aliza Visagie, director of Virtualscape Visuals.

one month ago

Video has become a powerful tool for companies across many industries. For mining companies, especially, multifaceted concepts when portrayed as moving visuals are stronger, make a greater impact and leave an impression, says Aliza Visagie, director of Johannesburg-based industrial modelling and animation company, Virtualscape Visuals (VSV).

Whether animating models of a plant, project or process, as well as visually portraying company policies, such as health and safety, videos have the ability to take intricate engineering, training and corporate issues and communicate these effectively so the message received by the target audience is cohesive, simple and clear.

"At VSV, our aim is to give our customers an experience, adding value to their vision," points out Visagie. "We do this by portraying complex information in moving pictures and 3D animations, helping customers explain often complex offerings to a broad audience, including employees and investors – many who do not have technical and engineering knowledge – in a simple, easy-to-understand manner."

She notes with the digital realm entering just about every aspect of our lives, visual content is set to grow even more in both work and play.

"Digitalisation has firmly attached itself into every facet of business and the modern consumer has changed. Visual content has the ability to create common ground. A short video can communicate more to your audience than numerous words over a number of slides. From social media to the corporate world, video is a growing trend to engage with your audience. It is storytelling at its finest," highlights Visagie.

VSV was established in 2002 when the organisation saw the need to innovatively illustrate complex machinery to decision-makers who are mostly concerned about their ROI and bottom line. Today, VSV serves mainly the needs of large engineering and mining companies. Its value proposition has also seen its revenue grow by servicing the visual content needs of smaller-scale companies.

"As an expert in industrial, training and corporate animation, VSV makes it our task to ensure that we evolve your presentation into a moving picture that demonstrates your offering efficiently and effectively," continues Visagie.

"As an African company, we especially place a strong emphasis on the continent's business environment. This assists our customers in gaining the competitive advantage over business rivals operating in the region. We pride ourselves in helping our customers achieve that ‘a-ha moment' every time. From technology experts to financial gurus, we make sure that everyone in both the public and private sector ‘gets it'."

Acknowledging the fact that in the new economy and a maturing digital native workforce, communicating in a way that resonates with this audience is key, VSV creates presentations and animations for every imaginable business category, including:

* Trade shows
* Engineering cataloguing systems
* Engineering designs for technical clarification
* Feasibility studies
* Tours of completed projects, such as mines and factories
* A new product's industrial designs
* Civil engineering projects
* Change management processes
* Tender applications, and more

"Once we have completed your requirements, all you need to do is launch the application and soar from good to great. A picture really is worth a thousand words," notes Visagie.

She adds that customers also do not need a multimillion-rand budget to make a video. "Important, though, is the quality of your video and that you get to the crux of the matter fast – whether it is promoting your product offering, business, workplace culture or corporate identity. It needs to be remembered that a video is an extension of your brand and so it's worth lies in how it is executed, how it connects with your audience and how it evokes the reaction you require – something we firmly believe we are superior in achieving."

For more information on how VSV can assist you in visual content that puts you ahead of the digital curve, please contact Visagie.

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Visual content is an organisation's secret weapon, says Aliza Visagie, director of Virtualscape Visuals.

one month ago

Video has become a powerful tool for companies across many industries. For mining companies, especially, multifaceted concepts when portrayed as moving visuals are stronger, make a greater impact and leave an impression, says Aliza Visagie, director of Johannesburg-based industrial modelling and animation company, Virtualscape Visuals (VSV).

Whether animating models of a plant, project or process, as well as visually portraying company policies, such as health and safety, videos have the ability to take intricate engineering, training and corporate issues and communicate these effectively so the message received by the target audience is cohesive, simple and clear.

"At VSV, our aim is to give our customers an experience, adding value to their vision," points out Visagie. "We do this by portraying complex information in moving pictures and 3D animations, helping customers explain often complex offerings to a broad audience, including employees and investors – many who do not have technical and engineering knowledge – in a simple, easy-to-understand manner."

She notes with the digital realm entering just about every aspect of our lives, visual content is set to grow even more in both work and play.

"Digitalisation has firmly attached itself into every facet of business and the modern consumer has changed. Visual content has the ability to create common ground. A short video can communicate more to your audience than numerous words over a number of slides. From social media to the corporate world, video is a growing trend to engage with your audience. It is storytelling at its finest," highlights Visagie.

VSV was established in 2002 when the organisation saw the need to innovatively illustrate complex machinery to decision-makers who are mostly concerned about their ROI and bottom line. Today, VSV serves mainly the needs of large engineering and mining companies. Its value proposition has also seen its revenue grow by servicing the visual content needs of smaller-scale companies.

"As an expert in industrial, training and corporate animation, VSV makes it our task to ensure that we evolve your presentation into a moving picture that demonstrates your offering efficiently and effectively," continues Visagie.

"As an African company, we especially place a strong emphasis on the continent's business environment. This assists our customers in gaining the competitive advantage over business rivals operating in the region. We pride ourselves in helping our customers achieve that ‘a-ha moment' every time. From technology experts to financial gurus, we make sure that everyone in both the public and private sector ‘gets it'."

Acknowledging the fact that in the new economy and a maturing digital native workforce, communicating in a way that resonates with this audience is key, VSV creates presentations and animations for every imaginable business category, including:

* Trade shows
* Engineering cataloguing systems
* Engineering designs for technical clarification
* Feasibility studies
* Tours of completed projects, such as mines and factories
* A new product's industrial designs
* Civil engineering projects
* Change management processes
* Tender applications, and more

"Once we have completed your requirements, all you need to do is launch the application and soar from good to great. A picture really is worth a thousand words," notes Visagie.

She adds that customers also do not need a multimillion-rand budget to make a video. "Important, though, is the quality of your video and that you get to the crux of the matter fast – whether it is promoting your product offering, business, workplace culture or corporate identity. It needs to be remembered that a video is an extension of your brand and so it's worth lies in how it is executed, how it connects with your audience and how it evokes the reaction you require – something we firmly believe we are superior in achieving."

For more information on how VSV can assist you in visual content that puts you ahead of the digital curve, please contact Visagie.