When the Swedish construction company Skanska built its new headquarters in Stockholm city, a large and highly flexible visualization environment was to be integrated. Translated into a logistical challenge this meant to deliver and mount a 900kg heavy and 5.5m * 2.9m wide glass screen.
The technical visualization environment had to be flexible and serve a range of uses:
As a presentation and review tool
As a collaboration tool
Additionally, the visualization system had to be easy to manage. As flexible systems are often complex the challenge was to convert this complexity into a flexible multi-use tool easy of use .
A more unrealistic and dreamy delivery option was to shut down a lane on the round-the-clock heavily trafficked E4-E20 running alongside the building and to lift the glass screen directly from the truck into the building’s fourth floor. It soon turned out that this disruptive option was never really an option, although it would have been cool!
The option NANCO did go for was less dramatic, using a crane truck to lift the enormous glass screen from the delivery truck onto Skanska’s custom made platform in order to reach up to ground level.
The next step was to successfully maneuver the large glass screen, placed on NANCO’s indoor trolleys, across the floor while zigzagging with millimetric precision avoiding the countless construction pillars.
In order to use the environment for different purposes, to allow a variety of sources and formats and to achieve a setup easy of use, the entire system was carefully planned and translated into an intricate connection diagram. A manageable control system was then developed to enhance user experience.
The setup* comprising of:
This ”have it all” project was a phased one.
In June 2013, the glass screen was delivered while the construction of the building was still going on. The goal was to get the screen into the designated area and build the visualization room’s inner walls around it.
Once the room was completed in September 2013, NANCO mounted the glass screen into place, protecting it with plywood boards as the room had still to be decorated.
When the room was completely finished, NANCO finalized the installation and as of June 2014 Skanska’s highly flexible visualization environment is up and running!
The powerwall as immersive display in stereo and tracking mode: