Chemical engineering

They might look like scenes from a Alien film set, but these images are taken from a CD-ROM which aims to guide VIPs from Europe’s chemical industries through a database of knowledge about their world.

Called FutureChem, the CD-ROM is designed by Westworld Interactive for Andersen Consulting. The information had already been collated by Andersen Consulting’s Frankfurt office but needed graphical interpretation to bring it to life.

Westworld, commissioned by Andersen Consulting’s project manager Rachael Bartels, then used ‘journey’ software created by the client in Nice to form the basic architecture of FutureChem, but gave it a sci-fi interface.

The layout of the CD-ROM’s environment created by Westworld visualises a central tower surrounded by concentric circles of knowledge sites. Visiting a site leads to information in a certain area but also allows the user to move around between sites, gathering or discarding information along the way.

The Westworld players involved in the project are Marcus Bointon, Andrew Mann and Graeme Hodges.

The CD-ROM was due to be explored by chemical bigwigs at a conference in Brussels today. Westworld is expecting a positive reaction.

Design: Westworld Interactive

Client: Andersen Consulting

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