Public consultation is a central part of any major new infrastructure scheme – an opportunity to raise concerns and debate the details. Traditionally, these consultations take place in local town halls or similar venues, with people dropping in when convenient, to learn more about the project.

Arup Virtual Engage builds on the popularity of local public consultations, making the information available to a wider range of people, in a more convenient web-based experience. In a socially distant time, the value of a virtual and interactive environment in which to conduct these consultations, or any type of exhibition, is clear.

Experience and learn, debate and consult

Arup Virtual Engage allows the public or a specific audience to access information, view maps and drawings, watch scheme fly-throughs, navigate 3D models and share feedback from any location and at any time. We can build a virtual room or produce a 360-degree scan of an exhibition hall. The virtual consultation can then be experienced from any web-connected device, when and wherever is convenient for the visitor.

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Learn more about Virtual Engage works and can support your project

The extended Highways England team, including our partners at Arup, put a mind blowing virtual consultation package together which is testament to the way we keep on moving forward during testing times. Virtual Engage is a key part of this package – bringing life to our proposals and an enhanced engagement experience for the public. We'd rather see visitors in person, but in the meantime, we'll keep doing the best we can to reach as many people as we can.

Nick Aldworth

Regional Delivery Director, Highways England

Tailored to your scheme

Every Virtual Engage environment is different, reflecting the individual needs of our clients and the scheme they want to share. We design, build and manage a virtual environment that reflects the same level of detail shared in a traditional physical presentation. There are advantages to the virtual world too: we can include live chat sessions with topic experts, or feedback portals so users can post their comments. We can also help to process feedback and respond to questions.

Other benefits include: 

  • Reaching demographic groups who don’t typically attend physical consultation events

  • Efficient data capture to help shape future engagement

  • Adaptive web design, optimised for desktop, mobile and tablet use

  • Cost savings associated with physical events, including venue hire, staff time, content production and printing costs

  • A reduced carbon footprint associated with physical consultation events