King’s Cross station in a web browser

By 20th June 2013Announcements

With the latest advancements in the Web 3D technology and our creation of XML3DRepo API, we are able to load and display massive models over the Internet such as is the case of King’s Cross station redevelopment in London. The site of King’s Cross in London is a Grade 1 listed building, designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1852. It was restored and expanded in partnership with English Heritage in order to create 8 million square feet of offices, retail and housing spaces. Fitted solar panels will cover 2,500m^2 and provide 10% of the station’s energy needs.

King's Cross station side view

Rendering of the final model of the King’s Cross station is over 3,6M polygons in 2.5GB assets spread across nearly 600 files. In this technical demo, the model is version controlled in 3D Repo and visualised via XML3DRepo API in a chrome web browser. Compression to 300MB is achieved via OpenCTM library.

King's Cross station West Concourse

The model was not only used for promotional materials but also for validating the placement of CCTV cameras and several usability studies. A way finding study, for example, evaluated the speed of navigation in order to increase the flow of passengers through the station.

King's Cross station gates

Model courtesy of Network Rail. You can read more about our vision of the future experiential tools in this workshop as well as the booklets by Arup Foresight, Innovation and Incubation

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