The Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has used the latest in virtual reality computer technology to make a personal inspection of APEC Haus even before construction has began.
Visiting the Conrad Gargett architect’s office in Brisbane today, PM O’Neill used a VR headset that creates a computer-generated building around the user, so that it feels like they are inside the actual building.
The Prime Minister said the use of virtual reality technology provides an opportunity for not only the designers, but also the end-users, to go inside the building to get an accurate perspective on any changes that are required to the construction.
“Using the virtuality reality headset you are able to walk into a computer-generated version of the building that is all around you,” the Prime Minister said
“It is quite life-like and you can see exactly how the rooms and halls will be established, and how much space there is in the building.
“Through this VR equipment, you can tell straight away if changes need to be made.
“This will deliver cost savings because we can make the required changes today, not later when construction is already underway.
“Security officials can also use the VR equipment to plan high-level protection measures that will ensure the safety of Leaders and delegates.
“We would like to see more top-level information technology equipment used in Papua New Guinea as we plan future infrastructure developments around our country.”
Having attended six APEC Leaders’ Meetings, PM O’Neill is in a unique position to understand what is required to ensure the success of the Summit.
“We have to establish meeting spaces so that Leaders can advance the APEC policy agenda at Summit meetings, as well as have bilateral meetings between Leaders.
“The APEC agenda covers major sectors in our economy such as transportation, agriculture and mining, and will deliver real benefits for our people.”
The Prime Minister said construction cost estimates for APEC Haus are being finalised, which is being undertaken through a tax credit program with Oil Search Limited.
“We are building a very functional but unique conference centre, that will be cost-effective to build and will generate revenue after APEC.
“Current expectations are that after APEC, the building will host a museum, some retail space and cafes in addition to an upstairs function and conference space.
“We are already seeing families and joggers use the area around Ela Beach and Paga Hill for recreation.
“When these new developments are complete, we will see this area around APEC Haus becoming a major social hub for local residents and also for the increasing number of tourists who are coming to Papua New Guinea.