IMAGINING a wind farm will become easier for communities next to developments as researchers create virtual reality technology to help visualise the Mortlake South Wind Farm.
Four Deakin University researchers are developing the Acciona-funded technology, to be used at schools, community meetings and events.
The tool will help people see different turbine configurations and layouts and listen to sounds made.
"This will enable people to go there before its built," the university's CADET VR Lab director Ben Horan said.
"These aren't technologies everyone is familiar with, what's a turbine look like, what's it like to stand next to one."
Construction of the 35-turbine wind farm began in Feburary and is scheduled to commence operation at the end of 2020.
The wind farm has faced some community backlash, particularly around the developer's communication with communities.
The virtual reality tool is due for completion mid next year, but Mr Horan said Acciona planned to also use the tool for future wind farms.
"I do think it will help in communication with what Acciona are doing," Mr Horan said.
"When you are using it, the great thing is it will be portable, there will be systems people can wear."
ACCIONA managing director Brett Wickham said most of the work at the site had occurred below ground and people remained unsure what the project would eventually look like.
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