Some of our Past Projects

SMExperience – South African Excellence Foundation & DTA (2002)
SMExperience, an interactive training tool was designed to help facilitators to train small business owners in the South African Excellence Foundation’s SMME Business (improvement) Model.  The SMME model is made up of 11 criteria, 34 criterion parts and 121 self-assessment questions

As the user progresses through the model, the Progress Bar shows visually the score in each area assessed. From the individual question scores, the user is given a list of strengths and weaknesses to prioritise and hence identify 5 to 10 weak areas of the business in which to implement solutions to improve those areas – in the spirit of continuous improvement. Download PDF - 305 KB     back to top ↑

Virtual “Locomobile” (steam-engine) - Techniek Museum, Delft
and TweenSense (Holland, 2001)

This simulation, used in the Techniek Museum in Delft, uses an innovative way to show museum drawings to visitors, usually part of the ‘hidden archives’ of the Museum. The simulation is aimed at children (aged 8 to 14) and to help them better understand the mechanics of a “locomobile” (and hence, steam mechanics in general).  The simulation interface shows the five main components of the steam engine where he or she is be able to select each part and drag it into the construction window - and build a steam engine in 3D. 

When this has been successfully achieved, the boiler steam drives the engine and, in turn, the drive wheel. An audio dialogue congratulates the learner and explains in more detail how the engine works.
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Wind Turbines – ESKOM (TSI) (2001)
The aim of this simulation was to demonstrate the relative size of wind turbines, compared to the more familiar cooling towers and transmission pylons – and was used by ESKOM as part of a 2001 Environmental Impact Assessment PPP in Cape Town for the then proposed Darling Pilot Wind Farm. 

The 3D world includes three wind turbines, two cooling towers and transmission lines in a landscape about 30Km north-east of Cape Town. Apart from being able to move around the world, the view can be switched from a geospatial view to a logical view (to compare the relative size of the structures) or sink the cooling towers into the ground (and back again!).
Who needs cooling towers when you have wind? Download PDF - 133 KB     back to top ↑

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Basic Hygiene in Nakaseke - UNESCO (2001, updated 2006)
In the town of Nakaseke in northern Uganda, 60% of the community are functionally illiterate and, therefore, traditionally barred from facilities such as computers. This pilot simulation was used to test the reaction of community members to a VR approach, as well as addresses basic rural hygiene practices that lead to water-borne disease such as typhoid, dysentery, and cholera as well as water based diseases such as malaria and bilharzia. The emphasis is on visual and audio cues to transfer the message, not the written word.

The simulation is still used (2009) in the local multi-purpose community telecentre as well as local schools and clinics.  Feedback from the community in 2004 indicates that dysentery levels have dropped significantly since the community started using the simulation. Download PDF - 155 KB     back to top ↑

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Water Sampling – Rand Water Board  (2007)
Water sampling is a crucial component of quality control in the water supply chain. However, the accuracy of analytical tests obtained in the laboratory also relies on correct sampling from the supply system - the objective of sampling being to collect a water sample that accurately represents the water in that part of the system.

Two sampling simulations show how to sample water from two sources:
1. Sampling from a tap (fresh-water kiosk points)
2. Sampling from surface water (surface water sampling points)
They were developed to help learners understand the basic procedure and steps required in sampling; the importance of sterilization; and the correct packing procedure for transport back to the laboratories.
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Water Sampling – Rand Water Board  (2007)
Water filtration is one of the main operations in the treatment of potable water, where water is passed through large, graded sand beds to remove suspended matter.

Two filtrations simulations show what a typical filtration house looks like, the main components of a filtration system and the correct back-wash / cleaning procedure. Download PDF - 886 KB     back to top ↑