Their conversation flourished, however, especially once Mr. Barrionuevo learned about Vimtrek LLC, the company Mr. Cook co-founded that marries cutting-edge computer aided design drawing with gaming technology.
The offspring of this marriage has launched Mr. Cook’s interests from architectural classicism and urban design into the virtual world where the company’s visual information modeling is being used in a multitude of applications.
Architects like it because they can provide their clients with visual representations of the interiors and exteriors of their projects. It’s like strapping on a jet pack and rocketing through the project’s landscaping and interiors.
Mr. Cook liked meeting Mr. Barrionuevo because of the potential collaboration for showing the magnificence of the Amazon rainforest virtually and pursuing his sustainability goals.
Mr. Barrionuevo imagined how the lives of the traditional communities living near his family’s reserve could be illustrated with representations of their living quarters and the surrounding environment.
Additionally, he saw how Vimtrek software would help him promote the initiative around the world. “We feel that the private sector must be part of the solution for forest preservation and biodiversity preservation,” he said.
Mr. Cook’s software enables him to show virtually the biodiversity of the 50,000-acre preserve and describe his family’s efforts to provide satellite and on-site monitoring.
Now that the Mr Barrionuevo and Mr. Cook have joined forces, the software is complete and Mr. Barrionuevo met with Georgia-based companies and universities in search of partners.
By the time that Global Atlanta caught up with him, Mr. Barrionuevo already had visited the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where he started discussions for how its PhDs could begin conducting biodiversity surveys and a wide variety of research.
Mr. Barrionuevo suggested that the school consider the preserve an “open lab” where research into climate change, soil composition, eco system and other services could be conducted.
He also visited the Mother Nature Network, the website that focuses on environmental issues, and Sterling Planet Inc. that provides renewable energy, carbon offsets and other environmental attributes to residential and business customers.
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