Danish University Communicates Professionally in 3D


… Take a tour through digital environments, when Utopian City_Scape and the Technical University of Denmark bring their future campus to life…


While developments of virtual environments in the entertainment and gaming industry in recent decades have been greatly accelerating, there has been almost no such development in the architecture and construction industry. – Bridging between gaming technologies and online communication, UCS has delivered an online platform ‘DTU on RealSite‘ for the development of the new DTU‘ campus.


‘The need for innovation has never been more urgent, with the global financial crisis we need to build smarter more empathy. … Our technology can save precious time and money, when developing a building… but most importantly, we can add value through user-implementation’ says Jacob Østergaard, CEO of UCS 


COWI + Offices: Christensen & Co, Rørbæk & Møller, Schull and Wessberg have just been announced as winners of the BIOVAF competition to design the expansion and transformation of DTU‘ campus in Lyngby, Copenhagen.


Alongside the development of the competition framework and programme, DTU has had an extensive collaboration with Copenhagen based firm UCS to develop a tool that could provide the decision makers with even more information and knowledge about the proposed designs.


RealSite is a web based, 3 dimensional model building system that enables the creation of high definition, interactive photo texture models of buildings, complexes of buildings or cities, which may be accessed and populated by an unlimited amount of users. The competition marks a new era in architectural design as this is the first competition where web based building models have been integrated in the delivery requirements given to the competing teams and used in the decision making process. After the winners announcement all entries were made available for the public at DTU on RealSite.


The winning project

DTU promoted for proposals for the design of an integrated research and teaching facility for the university. The competition is a part of a major expansion of facilities at the university’s campus. Competing teams included: BIG, C.F. Møller, Henning Larsen and Arkitema.


The building complex will accommodate three institutes: the National Food Institute, the National Veterinary Institute and the National Institute of Aquatic Resources. In addition to these facilities DTU has planned to integrate different student and campus facilities. – BIOVAF, a building complex of approx. 40.000 m2, will form the framework of approx. 750 working places (offices and research labs) together with teaching and research facilities of high international standards and also be included in the university’s unique landscape and historic architectural framework.


‘… A good infrastructural environment can help attract the most talented international researchers and the most ambitious students…’ DTU says.


The winning proposal combines a contextual understanding of the DTU Campus with a diagram that presents a realization of the university’s vision of a dynamic infrastructural environment. Combined with the RealSite platform, DTU has been given the optimal framework for such positive future development.


Gaming technologies to improve communications in architecture and construction – DTU on RealSite


Modern construction and development involve a diverse range of people with different creative possibilities – highly specialized architects and engineers – developers and advisor’s – experts, politicians and artists – amongst many others. However, one specific group is often left without influence: the very people that will use the buildings once they are constructed. In recent years, many attempts have been made to get added value by implementing the user directly into the development and construction process – Eeconomically, functionally and aesthetically.


New internetworked communication – digital technologies and infrastructures – has now opened new channels for an easier way of communicating.


In RealSite it is possible to communicate online, share information, and exchange design suggestions, other architectonic and technical material and user inputs. The models allow all relevant information regarding buildings to be displayed and shared: design visions, technical specifications and legal requirements as well as contractor and user demands.


The RealSite platform facilitates the import and display of models based on different kinds of software, allowing users to share visualized ideas on architecture, building maintenance and town planning w
ithout regard to their own software platforms.

Throughout the course of the competition RealSite was implemented directly in the whole process. All competing parties were given access to the common interactive model, building and landscape models were uploaded from each office, concepts were developed and discussed… and the interactive model was used and implemented in the jury’s deliberation.


DTU on RealSite now enables everyone to participate and take ownership for the future development of the DTU Campus environment.


… Take a tour at DTU on RealSite