WorldCargo News – News – Montreal embraces virtual reality planning software

A model of Montreal's Bickerdike pier in PreVu3DA model of Montreal’s Bickerdike pier in PreVu3D

The Port of Montreal is benefitting from software developed by a startup called PreVu3D for planning the spatial redevelopment of large industrial facilities.


PreVu3D was founded by engineer and CEO Nicolas Morency, who came up with the idea after working on a plant redevelopment project in the United States and finding that existing 3D planning tools were not adequate for client presentations.


After getting PreVu3D off the ground in a Montreal incubator called Centech, Morency took on a project with the Port of Montreal to take high quality images of its entire 965 hectare operation using a drone. The company then used “photogrammetry technology” to build a 3D model that is integrated into a computer programme where users can move around and explore the port estate from different viewpoints.

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