The China National Convention Center, Phase 2 to open as a smart venue with cutting-edge technology

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The China National Convention Center, Phase 2 (CNCC-II) which served as the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, is on track to begin its next role as China’s premier international convention center.

Located in the heart of the Beijing Olympic Central Precinct, CNCCII is surrounded by Beijing’s iconic Olympic landmarks – the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), National Aquatic Center (The Water Cube) and National Speed Skating Oval.  Scheduled to open in early 2025, CNCCII will be a smart venue designed to adapt to the changing customer needs.

CNCCII’s technological team is aim to create a fully integrated technological capability, which will help form a smart venue framework to deliver new and better experiences for event organisers and visitors.

“Technology will be central to every interaction at CNCCII – from marketing & selling the center to planning & hosting events to the ultimate visitor experience.” says Rod Kamleshwaran, pre-opening consultant of CNCCII.

CNCC-II has used full life cycle BIM application throughout the construction period. With the finest information granularity of forward BIM design, the usage of BIM in CNCCII is considered as one of the most versatile applications among the projects currently under construction in China. BIM provides an intelligent digital representation of buildings to support diverse activities. It was used in the design, architecture and construction phases and will play a synergistic role in the whole life cycle of CNCCII.

CNCCII will deploy a digital scene platform and an intelligent event application platform based on 5G, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and other technological innovations.

CNCCII’s digital twin management platform will bridge the gap between facilities and operations delivering a better event experience and efficiency.

The AR Indoor wayfinding system allows users to find their way in and around CNCCII’s 420,000 sqm using their smartphones through dynamic and continuous location guidance. This technology makes the experience inside CNCCII’s vast space stress-free and easy. On arrival, visitors will be easily directed from event program to their meeting rooms. It will enhance the indoor experience in this large venue while contributing to safer environments – from helping visitors find emergency exits in urgent scenarios or efficiently seating visitors in the center to avoid overcrowding.

CNCCII’s virtual meeting set-up tool takes the guesswork out of planning by allowing organisersto select their desired room layouts, and then preview the overall layout with the number of people that can be accommodated. This tool will help reduce set up time, improve circulation and crowd control.

metaverse replica of CNCCII will make site inspections faster and easier, dramatically reducing time and resources spent on-site. This VR technology means the center can be explored while interacting with the venue’s sales people. Planners can simply use their laptop or put on a VR headset and progress from a flatscreen experience to an immersive one, interacting with an environment and the people in it. Planners can also customize their desired space in the metaverse replica to suit the needs of every event.

The development goal of Beijing’s Olympic Central Precinct is to be a dynamic, vibrant, ecologically friendly center for sports, business events, trade, tourism, cultural exchange, and technological innovation, reinforcing Beijing’s position as the international exchange center in China.

Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, along with curtain wall design studio T/E/S/S (France), curtain wall consulting agency RFR (France), the visual system designer Kenya Hara, hotel interior design studio Yabu & Puchelberg, main lighting designer Kaoru Mende, rooftop garden creator Shamsan Gang-Serlingen, and acoustic consultant Müller – BBM. The CNCCII is well on its way to delivering this vision.