planning the layout of something as complex as the interior
of a Ferry, it helps to actually see a three dimensional,
scaled down mock-up, of areas of concern.
was the purpose of these models, to actually see what the
lounges and cafeteria areas, and the traffic lanes will look
like, before getting into the actual construction.
models you see here were not intended to be viewed by the
general public, or even look attractive, but were used
extensively as tools at the early planning meetings with the
designers and engineers. Its a lot cheaper to make structural
changes to a plexiglas mock-up model, built at a scale of
1:48 (1/4" = 1 foot), if you detect a space
problem, than wait until its constructed in steel or
Planning models play a big part in the design industry and
BC Ferries, and many other companies we worked with, were firm believers in using them when ever they
felt the need.