U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses virtual reality to visualize New Lock at the Soo project

Maj. General William Graham, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), views the New Lock at the Soo through a virtual reality headset while Gary Grunwald, USACE Structural Engineer, gives him directions at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on February 3, 2021. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Facebook Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Email Share Icon

Posted on February 25, 2021

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using a new tool to help visualize the New Lock at the Soo.

Lock operators and design members are using virtual reality to see what the new lock will look like from a new perspective.

Virtual Reality image standing in lock chamber of New Lock at the Soo, from lock floor looking at miter gate. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Virtual reality allows crews to virtually walk through the project to help identify any issues before designs are finalized.

According to the Army Corps, the New Lock at the Soo team has been creating a 3D model of the New Lock in Revit before it is imported into the virtual reality software.

The image above is an Artist Rendition that illustrates what it might look like if a Second Poe-Sized Lock replaced two of the older locks (left portion of the photo). The project has received more than $32 million in the fiscal year 2019 work plan. (Photo Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District)

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