In preparing visual impact evidence for VCAT, the photomontages are not only a tool to represent the proposed development but also a means of communication that can bridge the gap between technical documentation and the lived experience of the public. They are a persuasive element of the evidence package that can significantly influence the Tribunal’s decision.
We prepare them with diligence and scientific methodology that has been tested numerous times at VCAT panels. The planning witnesses often provide guidance to the locations of the proposed camera points; however, it is ultimately up to us to take the photos and ensure that the proposal is shown with a broader context in mind to allow the panel members to have a clear understanding of its impact on the streetscape.
The photography is then surveyed together with the nearby environment and a 3D point cloud survey is generated that assists in creating model alignment in the virtual 3D space.
Ultimately, the photomontages are produced representing to a high degree of accuracy of how the proposal looks and allowing a comparison of before and after scenarios by the Tribunal.