AN interactive design and virtual reality company has demonstrated the strength of Scotland’s digital and technology export market after being brought in to work on a huge project to create a new suburb in Amsterdam.

Edinburgh-based Luma Interactive was invited to collaborate on the project by the Dutch city’s council.

It used virtual reality and animation to enable planners and the people of Amsterdam to see what the Sluisbuurt development would look like.

Luma created an interactive tool which communicated the design, incorporating fly-throughs and virtual reality experiences and which was a key part of the public consultation.

In the past, people would have to settle for 3D physical models and artistic impressions to illustrate an architect or designer’s vision.

Luma says its invitation to take part demonstrates the high-level work being undertaken by its team, whose clients include Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh and The V&A.

Luma will continue to be a key part of the eco-friendly Sluisbuurt project, keeping a real-time digital model as the project progresses.

Luma Interactive director Kevin Archibald said: “This success builds on our growing international reputation and will raise awareness of our cutting-edge technology among city planners and developers throughout Europe.

“Luma is at the forefront of this technology where new tech and high-end visualisation come together to offer masterplanners exciting new ways of conceptualising their cities.”