Project  – Mernda Rail Extension – Australia

Client – John Holland/MTM

Date – July 2017 – July 2018

Services Provided  – Desktop Signal Sighting VR, Driver Training Material including rendered footage and mapbooks.


The extension of the South Morang line to Mernda on the outskirts of Melbourne involved eight kilometres of new rail line and three new stations to cater for up to 8000 commuters a day:

  • Mernda Station on Bridge Inn Road in Mernda
  • Hawkstowe Station on Hawkstowe Parade in South Morang
  • Middle Gorge Station on Williamsons Road in South Morang.

Gioconda were commissioned to provide desktop signal sighting within a full virtual model to aid the design. The material was then used to create high quality video renders with graphic overlays and voice-over narrative to train the drivers on the new route. The Mernda rail extension opened in August 2018.

Around 2000 car spaces have been built across the three stations, as have secure bicycle storage facilities. These bike storage facilities are connected by a new walking and cycling path that links the three new stations.

Three new community spaces have also been been created at Hawkstowe Station, The Parkway and Mernda Station.

Sample Images

Sample Mapbook


Sample Videos