B.C. company helping First Nations create 3D ‘digital twins’ of their territories
By Ian Holliday
A Victoria-based company that uses technology developed for video games to create three-dimensional replicas of real-world locations has partnered with more than a dozen First Nations on digital models of their territories. LlamaZOO also markets its technology to mining and forestry companies, but its program called “Guardian” is developed for First Nations looking to visualize information about their territories in a central, virtual hub. Robin Billy is the director of operations for the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc First Nation, one of 15 First Nations currently using Guardian. He sees the technology as an important tool the nation can use both for its own purposes and in discussions with the province and the resource industry. …Both Billy and LlamaZOO CEO and president Charles Lavigne talked about Guardian as a way to “level the playing field” between First Nations, government and industry.