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BAM Nuttall brings virtual reality to Chelsea Flower Show

23 May 17 The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall to bring virtual reality (VR) to the Chelsea Flower Show this week.

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Members of BAM Nuttall’s London based Innovation team have used Matterport cameras and software to create a virtual walkthrough scan inside the Great Pavilion. Alongside this, BAM Nuttall has captured 360-degree images of many of the show gardens.

The 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place in London from 23rd to 27th May. BAM Nuttall’s content allows members of the public unable to get tickets to experience the show from afar.

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“With a phenomenal growth in popularity for VR in recent years, BAM Nuttall is thrilled to be working at this iconic event,” said Colin Evison, head of innovation at the contractor BAM Nuttall. “This will be the first time we have created VR content outside of the construction industry but are looking forward to giving visitors a souvenir of the event and showing off the state-of-the-art designs to those who were unable to make it in person this year.”   

He added: “This is a different challenge and hopefully will be the start of a long lasting relationship between us and the RHS.”

BAM Nuttall’s previous use of this technology has included capturing a bridges exhibition at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Internally it has been used for site inductions allowing construction workers and visitors to familiarise with their surroundings and health & safety procedures, without having to be on the premises. More recently, BAM Nuttall have used VR on its offshore project site in Blyth, installing five-full size gravity base foundation to wind turbines off the Northumberland coast. 

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