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Virtual Reality – BE Collective gets BE Spectacled

BE Collective is getting BE Spectacled and jumping on the virtual reality trend, with our new Samsung Gear 360degree virtual reality capture and display kit.

The photos in the Gallery below show the raw output from our 360degree cameras, before the software turns it into an immersive and interactive virtual reality file.

We’re now able to take site inspections to the next level, by recording a 360degree virtual reality walk through videos, which anyone can view from the comfort and convenience of the new BE Collective Brisbane Head Office.

We were particularly inspired by a recent visit to our friends at Conrad Gargett, where we were able to try out some high-tech virtual reality gear and explore a 3d model of a building we’ve worked hard on together.

The technology and its implications to the industry are pretty exciting, especially in terms of quality assurance, and communicating design elements to clients.

We’re hoping a more aesthetically pleasing goggle unit is released shortly…

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BE Collective becomes Corporate Sponsors of the AGDF

We’re proud to announce that Built Environment Collective has joined the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) as corporate sponsors.

The AGDF is a balanced, non-profit coalition of members from development industries, government organisations and community groups. It is endorsed by industry and environmental bodies, and is aligned to community sectors that also have an interest in fostering sustainable development.

The BE Collective team have attended numerous Green Speed Learning Forums (GSLF) hosted by the AGDF as a part of our commitment to sustainability and CPD. If you’re interested in the AGDF, take a peek at their website here.

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Providing shoes for children in need

The Philippine shoes project started as a conversation between Caribou’s Craig Thomas and the Principal of a school in Bulacan, Philippines. Sponsorship programs in Principal Bautista’s school cover the cost of school resources, uniforms, meals and health cover for the students… but they don’t pay for shoes. Many families in the area can’t afford to buy shoes for their children; they have no choice but to let their kids go barefoot, often resulting in hookworm or other parasitic diseases.

Craig and his team took the initiative to start a project raising support and putting shoes on the feet of these children in need.  The project is at work in two schools in Bulacan, roughly four hours’ drive north of Manila city, with 350 students between them. It aims to provide shoes for every primary school aged child in attendance.

When BEC heard about the project, we immediately jumped on board, and you can too. Every $10 provides a pair of shoes for a pair of feet at risk, giving invaluable protection from parasites.

 To help put shoes on the feet of children in the Philippines, please contact Craig Thomas at Caribou Lighting (craig@caribou.com.au). Your support will help make a difference to these children in need.

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World’s Tallest Commercial Timber Building Opens in Sydney

International House Sydney is Australia’s first engineered timber office building, and the world’s tallest. Legendary architectural practitioners Tzannes are behind the technically and aesthetically impressive project, which opened in May this year.

The design relies on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to form six of the above ground levels, which rest on a conventional concrete structure at ground level. The internal CLT structural elements are left fully exposed, resulting in a strikingly forest-like feel. CLT has a very small carbon footprint as opposed to other construction materials, largely because it’s production process generates no waste at all. Our new Brisbane Head Office is packed with a similar product (OSB) – so yeah we’re big fans.

“The architecture of International House Sydney reflects a new form of beauty. Beyond shape and surface, it is ‘deep design’, renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions.” Says Tzannes director Alex Tzannes.

But Sydney won’t have a monopoly on wooden-wonders for long. A stones throw from the BEC Brisbane Office, Lend Lease and Bates Smart are planning a ten storey development which will boast the largest gross floor area for an engineered timber building in the world. It’s been dubbed ‘5 King’ but the word smiths in the office are much more comfortable with ‘Plyscraper.’  

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