Issue 10
Monday, 02 December 2019
Charles Darwin University
Reema Bali and Patrick Alegria show their work to NT Administrator Vicki O'Halloran AO
Reema Bali and Patrick Alegria show their work to NT Administrator Vicki O'Halloran AO

Virtual reality to open doors at Government House

By Leanne Miles

IT students have unveiled their virtual reality tour of Government House to Northern Territory Administrator Vicki O’Halloran AO.

The project was part of a "real world" program students complete at the end of their degree to showcase a range of software design and development skills learned during their studies.

Senior Lecturer in IT Barbara White said the project challenged students to explore new areas of IT using the combined skillsets of design and software engineering to extend their skills into the interdisciplinary area of immersive reality.

The duo of NT locals, Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours student Patrick Alegria and Information Technology and New Media student Reema Bali impressed the Administrator with the virtual reality (VR) tool that aimed to improve access to Government House for Territorians.

“It was exciting to present our project to Her Honour,” Reema said. “She said it felt like she was in her house when she was using the virtual reality goggles to take the tour and really liked that we captured the flowers because she puts a lot of pride into her garden.”

Combining Patrick’s skills in Software Engineering and Reema’s design skills in new media, the VR prototype will form part of a redesign of the Government House website.
A final completed tour will be available next year to mark a significant Government House milestone.

The project undertaken in collaboration with Government House and the Department of Education involved a one-day-a-week placement at the department and paid employment during the semester break.