Culture VR - Virtual reconstruction of ancient Rome

Virtual reconstruction of ancient Rome

about

The “Plan de Rome” of Caen (France) is a large plaster model of nearly 70 square metres which represents ancient Rome in the 4th century A.D. Classified in the Inventory of Historic Monuments, it is the work of the architect P. Bigot (1870-1942), winner of the Grand Prix of Rome and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

The Plan de Rome is an exceptional piece of our cultural heritage whose only equivalents are its twin which is in Brussels (Belgium) and the model made by I. Gismondi which is in Rome (Italy). Bequeathed to the University of Caen, this relief plan is the pretext of a pluridisciplinary project for a virtual 3D model. Work on developing a virtual model of the city of Rome in the 4th century A.D. began in Caen in 1994.

The work involves the development of a fully interactive model of ancient Rome that includes both its architecture and the machinery in use. In reconstructing the past, scholars will be able to test their assumptions from the architectural and topographic viewpoints and test machine functionality. The visitor to the virtual model will be able to wander through a full-scale city and enter most of its large public monuments and a few residences. The work preliminary to the reconstruction itself involves the analysis of ancient source materials, which is currently being performed by the project team’s members who have recourse to outside experts for help with specific points. The body of source material is directly accessible via the interactive model.

format(s)

Immersive installation, multisensorial

Description : The ultimate immersive experience

Platform compatibilty : Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Technical Requirements : Specific hardware, software and operating processes, according to technical rider form the producer.

Tutorial : Contact production

User Mediation: Contact production

Interactive / Fixed position

Description : The easiest format to set up and exhibit.

Platform compatibilty : Google Daydream (with hand controller), Samsung Gear VR (with hand controller), Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, other VR Headsets with hand controllers

Technical Requirements : VR Headset, hand controller (Daydream & Gear VR), Swivel stool/chair, Compatible smartphone or desktop PC, Charger, Internet connection

Tutorial : watch here

User Mediation: 1 person for 4 VR demo stations

Interactive / Moving position

Description : The benchmark VR format.

Platform compatibilty : Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Technical Requirements : VR Headset, dedicated space (3m b 3m mini), compatible desktop PC, Power outlet, headphone, Internet connection

Tutorial : Contact production

User Mediation: Contact production

Passive 360° video

Description : The easiest format to set up and exhibit.

Platform compatibilty : Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, others

Technical Requirements : VR Headset, Swivel stool/chair, Compatible smartphone or desktop PC, Charger, Internet connection

Tutorial : watch here

User Mediation: 1 person for 10 to 20 VR stations

language(s)

Français