Picture of a large oceanarium tank, with a sunken ship and acrylic aquarium tunnels with Father Christmas delivering presents to children inside the aquarium exhibit.

SOLID CONCEPT DESIGN DELIVERS A MEMORABLE USER EXPERIENCE AND REPEAT VISITATION

Reefscape Australia Aquariums start their design process with three things in mind: the client's budget, the monetary value of the "wow factor" or "user experience" and the client's return on investment (R.O.I.).

 

With this in mind, Reefscape Australia determines which concept will best achieve the desired visitor experience by following their three phase process:

 

Phase 1: UNDERSTANDING THE CLIENT'S REQUIREMENTS
Reefscape’s Goal: To identify the client's specific goals and objectives and refine a concept into a financially viable design.

Key steps Reefscape follows:

  • Review and brainstorm drawings and ideas to develop a viable concept
  • Visit the site to determine if the concept is feasible to build cost effectively
  • Ensure the preliminary project construction budget is feasible
  • Develop the concept or exhibit to identify the most viable user experience
  • Liaise with engineering and construction teams to identify other construction elements that may affect final project timings and cost
  • Issue of preliminary concept drawings to ascertain initial project cost

Phase 2: DELIVER A VIRTUAL REALIY OF THE FINAL CONCEPT
Reefscape's Goal: Refine the concept, develop construction documents and initiate the tender process.

Key steps Reefscape follows:

  • Create a 3D virtual reality of the concept for the client's final approval
  • Refine the concept's build requirements into a construction program
  • Issue full set of construction drawings for project construction
  • Issue a full set of bid forms that define the scope of work and advises the client during the bid and tender process

Phase 3: PREVENTION OF DESIGN DILUTION DURING CONSTRUCTION

Reefscape's Goal: Realize the client’s vision and ensure best possible implementation of construction documents.

Key steps Reefscape follows:

  • Supervise construction on-site
  • Provide hands-on attention to theme development, commissioning and start-up
  • Train and consult as needed during commissioning