Virtual tours make dream home a reality

first_imgEmi Cheng takes a virtual tour of her dream home with the assistance of Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects.“As professionals, we deal with architectural ideas and the drawings associated with them every day,” he said.“Over the years, we have found that some clients can’t always grasp what the 2D plans are conveying.“We wanted a new a way to show our designs to our clients – to get them as excited about their project as we are and to help them better understand the design.”“This experience is more than just walking through a building.“The model is geo synched to the actual site so that clients can experience realistic light and shadows at any time of the day.”Using a HTC VIVE headset and wireless controllers, clients can see and experience their dream home without leaving the Clements Clarke office.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoA still from the virtual reality experience. A still from the virtual reality experience.“It is also a handy tool for us as architects. We produce 2D construction drawings off the 3D virtual model,” Mr Clements said.This new VR technology offers a point of difference over traditional animation and rendering and is offered free of charge to CCA clients.Entire designs can be changed in real time, before the building stage, giving clients the opportunity to tweak their dream homes to suit their needs.“For instance, if you would like a window changed, the model updates and within a few seconds what you are seeing will have changed as well,” Mr Clements said.The final walk through render can be exported to external platforms such as showrooms, sales offices, websites andsocial media.CCA clients Ted and Emi Cheng of Abor Developments praised the technology. A still from the virtual reality experience.Imagine standing in your new kitchen or climbing the stairs to your new master bedroom suite before the first foundations have even been poured.Bowen Hills firm Clements Clarke Architects (CCA) is using virtual reality to bring their clients’ homes to life, taking the concept of rendering to the next level by using 2D, 3D and other architectural modelling software to create an immersive experience for those looking to build their dream home.Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects said some clients struggled to grasp their designs using more traditional methods.center_img Ted and Emi Cheng“You can get a sense of size from seeing a room on a piece of paper. Seeing it, experiencing it, all in 3D, is something else,” Mr Cheng said.“I can stand in our living room, turn around and look back through to our kitchen, or walk over to the windows and look down into the courtyard.“It really shows how all the rooms fit together. You understand the flow of the house. It honestly felt like we were standing in our own home.”Mr Clements believes that the use of virtual reality in the construction industry remains in its infancy, but expects the technology to evolve into a combination of virtual and augmented reality.“Imagine arriving at your block of land, putting some digital glasses on and being able to see your building, walking around and through the site,” he said.“You could open doors, look through windows, sit down at the kitchen table, even run around in the backyard.”last_img read more

Police continues investigation in the death of Kevino Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Press Release update: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 19. 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force began further work on Grand Turk in the continuance investigation surrounding the disappearance and subsequent death of Kevino ‘Bah’ Smith.On Friday 6th March 2015, Kevino Smith was reported missing by his parents. Following the report, a police investigation was launched. As a result of extensive searches by the police and members of the community, his body was later found in the Breezy Brae area on Thursday 16th April 2015.   Following the discovery of his body, a number of people have been arrested on suspicion and are currently on bail for numerous offences which includes Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Perverting the course of justice.The renewed enquiries by police are the first of many that will be conducted on the island of Grand Turk to find the persons responsible for this crime.  We are determined to establish what happened to Kevino and how he came to lose his life, which we hope will bring some closure and small comfort to his family.   The police are aware that there are persons within the Grand Turk communities who may have vital information which can assist the investigation. We, therefore, appeal to you to come forward with any information that you may have.Anyone with information surrounding Kevino Smith’s murder, location or any information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837 or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477.   No names or numbers are requested, and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

EPA Removes Waste At Toxic Sites Flooded By Harvey Wont Say From

first_img Share AP PhotoA gate at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site is shown Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas, where three tanks once used to store toxic waste were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm.At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts.Local pollution control officials photographed three large tanks used to store potentially hazardous waste completely underwater on Aug. 29. The EPA later said there was no evidence that nearby Vince Bayou had been impacted.PRP Group, the company formed to clean up the U.S. Oil Recovery site, said it does not know how much material leaked from the tanks, soaking into the soil or flowing into the bayou. As part of the post-storm cleanup, workers have vacuumed up 63 truckloads of potentially contaminated storm water, totaling about 315,000 gallons.It was not immediately clear whether those truckloads accounted for any of the 517 containers cited in the FEMA media release on Friday. The EPA has not responded to questions from AP about activities at U.S. Oil Recovery for more than a week.About a dozen miles east, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site is on and around a low-lying island that was the site of a paper mill in the 1960s, leaving behind dangerous levels of dioxins and other long-lasting toxins linked to birth defects and cancer. The site was completely covered with floodwaters when the AP surveyed it on Sept. 1.To prevent contaminated soil and sediments from being washed down river, about 16 acres of the site was covered in 2011 with an “armored cap” of fabric and rock. The cap was reportedly designed to last for up to 100 years, but it has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with large sections becoming displaced or having been washed away.The EPA has not responded to repeated inquiries over the past two weeks about whether its assessment has determined whether the cap was similarly damaged during Harvey.The companies responsible for cleaning up the site, Waste Management Inc. and International Paper, have said there were “a small number of areas where the current layer of armored cap is thinner than required.”“There was no evidence of a release from any of these areas,” the companies said, adding that sediments there were sampled last week.The EPA has not yet released those test results to the public.last_img read more

8yrold made to wait for more than 6 hrs at SSKM for

first_imgKolkata: An 8-year-old boy from Howrah’s Domjur who was taken to SSKM Hospital with fractured jaws and requiring an emergency CT Scan, had been kept on wait for more than six hours.The CT Scan was finally done on the patient following the intervention of a senior official of the hospital more than six hours after he was brought to the emergency department at around 10.30 am on Saturday.The family members of the patient went to the CT Scan unit several times urging the officials for the test but they allegedly told the family members that there was a long queue. The victim’s parents were asked to appear on next Monday when they might get a date for the examination. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe patient was in need of an immediate CT Scan as his injuries were serious in nature and the doctors who treated the patient at the Emergency department mentioned on the prescription the urgency of the matter.Kamal Debnath, a relative of the patient, said that they drew the attention of the people at the CT Scan unit saying that the doctor had asked for an urgent test to be done. They allegedly told the patient’s family members as to why were they not asking the doctor to carry out the test himself. People at the CT Scan unit allegedly told the boy’s parents that they would be given a date for CT Scan next Monday, no matter how serious the nature of his injury was.It was learnt that the patient had received injuries on his teeth and jaws after he fell inside his school campus at Domjur on Saturday morning. A senior official of SSKM Hospital finally intervened and the CT Scan was doneon the patient.last_img read more