This article will take you through the process of creating a 3D virtual tour for your college and other educational settings. We created a 360 virtual tour for Greenhead College in the summer of 2020. Read on to explore how the process was undertaken, view their 3D virtual tour and discover the amazing benefits they received from their tour.
Selecting the right educational setting for a child is a huge decision. From the youngest years in nursery, through junior and senior school, and then onto higher education in colleges, sixth forms, and universities, the importance of selecting the right place only increases.
Virtual tours allow UK schools, colleges and Universities to open their doors for prospective students and their parents/guardians. Because our tours are 3D, they give the prospective student the ability to move through the space as if they were there.
WHAT IS A 3D VIRTUAL TOUR?
A 3D Virtual Tour is an online twin of a real world site. They allow your customers to digitally tour your property, venue or facilities. The online customer has the ability to control where they look and from which angle – think like google street view on google maps, but for the inside of your space. 3D Virtual tours are opening school and college doors across the UK like never before.
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AN INTERACTIVE INSIDE WALK-THROUGH
A Matterport 3D Virtual Tour takes virtual tours to a whole new level by offering a fully interactive, completely immersive 3D experience. People are able to gain a real world perspective of properties, schools and buildings throughout Yorkshire and the UK. They can navigate through, step by step, floor by floor in a fun and unique way. Matterport virtual tours can be included on your website, shared across social media and integrated into your Google Business Listing.
BENEFITS OF A 3D VIRTUAL TOUR
There are amazing benefits to creating a 3D Virtual Tour for Yorkshire spaces and venues. Here are a few of the top benefits to you.
- A virtual tour will help people to become comfortable with your facility.
- Not every school website offers virtual tours, so this allows yours to stand out online.
- A virtual tour can highlight how your school, college or university is unique.
- 3D Virtual tours are more engaging than photos.
- Displaying a virtual tour will present your school and website in a professional manner.
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3D VIRTUAL TOUR – GREENHEAD COLLEGE, HUDDERSFIELD
Jane Rylah, Marketing Manager for Greenhead College contacted View3D expressing a desire to learn more about virtual tours and creating one for the College in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
View3D quickly set up a meeting to discuss their needs, understand requirements and help the College in their ambitions.
The initial site visit was attended by our Directors Nathan and Alec. To meet the View3D team, click here.
GREENHEAD COLLEGE SITE VISIT
As our initial site visit was undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic, we ensured that we undertook all appropriate safety measures including social distancing and wearing PPE as required.
Jane Rylah showed us around the College facilities and highlighted particular areas they were keen to showcase to their students.
The College’s main drivers were to help showcase their facilities in an interactive way to their prospective students. We were delighted that we could provide the solution to these aims.
WHY DID YOU WANT A 3D VIRTUAL TOUR?
Jane Rylah, Greenhead College Marketing Manager:
“After the lockdown in March due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we realised that if we wanted to promote the college to prospective students and their parents, then we were going to have to do things differently. We normally invite year 10 and year 11 students into college in June/July each year, but as we had to cancel these taster/bridging days, the idea of a ‘Virtual Tour’ of the College was discussed, and then commissioned from View3D. Alongside our summer events, looking forward, we could also see the benefits of a Virtual Tour to complement, or instead of our Autumn Open Events, and also as a means to allow new students to get to know their way around college.”
3D VIRTUAL TOUR QUOTE
Following our site visit, we were able to prepare a fully costed fixed quote. The Greenhead College quote was split into four separate virtual tours covering different buildings. The quote was non-obligation and clearly set out the process, what is included.
HOW MUCH DO 3D VIRTUAL TOURS COST?
A 360° virtual tour is bespoke to each of our clients. One of the defining factors is the size of the space to be captured. We have a solution right for you. We pride ourselves on providing value for money and the best product to our clients.
Our virtual tours start from £300 and increase dependent on the size and complexity of the project.
We can provide a budget estimate by simply knowing the size/layout of your facility.
ENTERING INTO PARTNERSHIP
After providing Jane with our quote, she had a few further questions which we were able to answer. We knew that she was also enquiring with other organisations, something we welcome and do not shy away from. We know our service and value for money is unrivalled in the market.
A short while later, we were commissioned to undertake the works to create a 360 virtual tour for the College. We were delighted and couldn’t wait to get started!
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PLANNING TO SCAN
We create our 3D virtual tours using Matterport technology. The technology is the best on the market and provides an amazing interactive experience.
To undertake the virtual tour, we have to scan the building using an infrared camera. The camera takes 360 images that are later stitched together to form a virtual walk-through.
One of the key items to prepare was the school. What you see is what is scanned and included in your 3D virtual tour.
Therefore, it was important that the school be tidy and presented how they wished it to be seen. Very much like you would on a physical open day!
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO CREATE A 3D VIRTUAL TOUR?
Creating a 3D Virtual Tour with View3D is a seamless experience. We focus on understanding each of our customers unique needs, to help you maximise your return on investment.
- Prepare the space for capturing as a Virtual Tour. What you see is what will be seen in the 3D Virtual Tour.
- View3D scans your building in high-definition.
- View3D will edit the data captured, and then process the data to create your 3D Virtual Tour.
- We work with you to include information points as required.
- We provide you with the final links and embed codes to be included on your website.
- You share and promote your 3D Virtual Tour.
- We provide you with ongoing support and after-care.
GREENHEAD COLLEGE VIRTUAL TOUR CREATION
We chose to attend the college during the half-term holidays. This really helped us move efficiently through the college scanning the rooms.
Unlike other virtual tours, our approach is to create an immersive walk-through experience and capture large parts of the whole school. This really adds to the interactivity and engagement. If there are areas you really don’t want to be seen or entered we simply don’t scan these or we can turn them off in the editing stage.
It took us three full days to capture all the locations for the virtual tour.
After scanning the College, we processed the tour into an immersive 3D walk-through. Skip to the examples below if you can’t wait to view them!
INTERACTIVE INFORMATION POINTS
What sets our 3D virtual tours apart are the information points. You can include additional information directly into your tour and point customers in the right direction. Whether it’s daily rates, booking pages, menus, galleries, donation pages, user manuals, social media platforms etc., our interactive information points transform your virtual tour into an immersive platform of opportunity.
Greenhead College had prepared over 50 videos from students and teachers. These were embedded directly within the model at the appropriate place. A further 200 points in the form of text, photos and website links were included throughout the virtual tours.
3D DOLLHOUSE MODEL
A stunning 3D model was created alongside the 360° virtual tour. The Dollhouse view adds the wow factor to the 3D virtual tour.
MP4 VIDE0 & 360° PHOTOS
We provided an introductory video clip of the tour, because video remains the most successful media format for building traction online. Our videos give viewers a taste for the space, driving them to explore the full 3D Tour. We can also provide a selection of high definition images of your venue including 360° photographs.
3D VIRTUAL TOUR LAUNCH
From scanning to being ready to launch the tour, only took 2 weeks. The college worked with their current website developer to embed the virtual tours directly on their website. The virtual tour is accessed from a prominent location on the Greenhead College website homepage.
The college were preparing to launch the virtual tour in conjunction with the GCSE results day. They made the tours live on their website and then undertook a social media campaign to promote the virtual tours.
RECORD BREAKING STATISTICS
Within the first month, the Greenhead College 360 virtual tour had been viewed over 12,000 times!
SEE FOR YOURSELF
ONGOING AFTERCARE AND SUPPORT
Over the following months, the College had a few edits they wanted to make to videos and text information points. We were able to continue to support them as they maximized their use from the virtual tour.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
Jane Rylah, Greenhead College Marketing Manager:
What are the benefits for your students, teachers, and families?
“Having the Virtual tour is clearly beneficial to students and their parents, as they can visit each department from the comfort and safety of their own homes. They can see the classrooms, laboratories, studios, study areas, social areas, and in each area can watch videos, see photos, and read information via the information points. Teachers also benefit as they can showcase and promote their subjects safely, and to a much wider audience, than would be possible face to face.”
“Initially there was some scepticism about the need for a Virtual Tour, but this has been allayed by the quality of the tour, and the opportunities it provides to show as a college what we have to offer.”
How is your experience working with View3D?
“Choosing View3D to produce our Virtual Tour has been a great decision, and we are extremely pleased with the final product. Staff have been very impressed and glowing in their praise of the work carried out. From our first meeting we got a good vibe from Nathan and Alec and they proved to be reliable, flexible to our needs, good humoured, efficient, helpful, and courteous. We enjoyed working with them, and we would recommend them to others without hesitation.”
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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE VIEW3D TO CREATE YOUR 360 VIRTUAL TOUR?
View3D are a passionate, fun creative team with vast experience producing high quality 3D Virtual Tours across Yorkshire and the UK. With professional backgrounds and experience in Construction, Project management, Retail, Healthcare, and Education, we have an in-depth knowledge of a range of sectors. This gives us a strong foundation to work with clients and understand their needs.
We are problem solvers. We believe that just because something has always been done one way, it does not mean it is the best way. This attitude is the foundation of View3D.
View3D was created to solve some of the difficulties identified across a range of sectors.
We work with Yorkshire and UK wide businesses, but we engage with people! We are an approachable, people-focused, problem-solving team that puts the client at the centre of what we do.
READY TO CREATE YOUR 3D VIRTUAL TOUR?
If you want to keep visitors on your website longer, provide an engaging, interactive experience and save time and money a 3D Virtual Tour is right for you.
We’d love to have that conversation with you. Our experience in the virtual 360 tour spaces stretches back years, and we’ve helped countless Sheffield businesses and organisations build experiences designed to match their brand and their audience’s needs. Contact us today to start the conversation.