The British Museum
Soluis were asked to provide a unique interactive experience focusing on the Bronze Age at a dedicated weekend event sponsored by the SDDC [Samsung Digital Discovery Centre] at the British Museum. This involved providing the digital recreation of a Bronze Age roundhouse with various artefacts. Visitors were able to experience this via the immersive reality dome or one of the many Samsung Gear VR headsets that were available.
Our specialist heritage team worked closely with the education team and the Bronze Age curator at the British Museum to define an experience that would allow visitors to become immersed in this defining age in Britain’s history.
The main part of the exhibit was a digital recreation of a roundhouse dwelling that was initially based on a photogrammetry capture of a physical reconstruction on the Isle of Arran. There were also models of various artefacts that had been produced from existing digital scans.
The immersive reality dome provided a prominent centrepiece to the exhibition and attracted a steady flow of visitors. This experience was also replicated using virtual reality headsets that enabled each visitor to step back in time to experience this digital snapshot of bronze age Britain.
The museum received excellent publicity and press coverage around this innovative use of digital technology to enhance the experience visitors have when exploring the nations’ heritage. The feedback from visitors was particularly positive and has since provided the basis upon which to base plan a series of similar events that build upon this success.
Museum and Heritage Show
Were you at Museums + Heritage 2015?
We had a brilliant time at Museums + Heritage 2015. Thanks to everyone we met and spoke to. You can see some of our highlights from the show in the video above.
Thanks to Simon Callaghan for the photographs at M+HShow. www.simoncallaghanphotography.com
The team at Soluis has over 14 years of experience in presenting heritage architecture through CGI visuals and animation. As a business with a great many staff members whose skills were honed as part of architecture degrees, we have an informed and nuanced understanding of both our subject matter and method in representing heritage content.
Soluis Heritage App
Soluis created a special AR experience for #MandHshow 2015 through our new Soluis Heritage AR App. AR uses real world objects (like our event flier and business cards) and ‘augments’ them with rich 2D & 3D content.
Simply download the app (iOS here or Android here), point your device at our flier and interact with a model of the altar at St Peter’s Seminary … Or explore Mackintosh’s GSA Library … Or watch our ‘Touching the Neolithic’ & Aberdeen Music Hall videos…
Glasgow School of Art – Mackintosh Library
Few in the Heritage world will have missed the devastating fire that destroyed this architectural masterpiece in the spring of 2014. The process of bringing the library back from the ashes may have only just begun, but Soluis’ application of new technology to heritage data has enabled an astonishing user experience in the meantime.
Explore the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most famous commission with our real-time interactive model of this great space, delivered via state-of-the-art mobile & virtual reality technology.
LiDAR to Virtual Reality…in a walk-in VR Dome
Laser scanning is playing an increasingly prevalent role within the heritage, museum, construction and geospatial industries. It is being used for survey, digital preservation, pre-visualisation and research. Through laser scanning we are beginning to digitise the world to unprecedented levels of detail.
However, the technology to fully appreciate LiDAR data, to interact with it, to feel the presence and intimacy of the raw data currently lags behind the scanning technology itself. Existing dedicated software solutions are often expensive, ‘clunky’ and lack usable levels of experiential engagement.
Our vision is to enhance the value of point clouds, to remove cost barriers to post processing and technical expertise, and to allow raw LiDAR data to be experienced in immersive platforms such as walk-in domes and virtual reality hardware.
We want you to step inside your point clouds, walk and fly around in 360 degrees of view with smooth intuitive navigation, hugely increased spatial awareness and genuine user presence to unlock the inherent beauty of LiDAR data.
St.Peter’s Seminary: Interactive Heritage Visualisation
St Peters Seminary was a training college for the Catholic priesthood in the 60’s and 70’s. It is one of the greatest examples for post war modern architecture in Britain and been described by DOCOMOMO as a “building of world significance”.
The seminary was however closed in 1980 after only 14 years in use, having never reached its 100 student capacity. Ever since the buildings were closed their state has rapidly declined.
Soluis have been working on an in-house R&D project to create a multi-platform visual restoration of the main buildings since early 2015, harnessing games engine technology and immersive hardware to place users in this world-renowned building fabric.
Please visit our dedicated St Peter’s page here for more: http://www.soluis.com/?p=107
Carrawburgh Mithraeum Digital Museum
Outside the fort of Carrawburgh on Hadrian’s Wall, a temple dedicated to the Eastern god Mithras was excavated in 1950. The temple was built to emulate the sacred cave where Mithras was born, and the interplay between darkness and light – Mithras was a god of light – were integral to the rituals and ceremonies of the followers of Mithras.
The mythology surrounding Mithras is incomplete, and there are many aspects of the cult that we do not understand. However, we know that Mithras was a god of light and good-fortune, and he was popular with soldiers and merchants. Born from a rock in a cave, temples dedicated to Mithras, known as Mithraeum, were built to emulate this type of setting and can be found across the Roman Empire.
The mithraeum at Carrawburgh contained three altars at the far end of the temple, in the most sacred space. Every mithraeum would also have displayed a scene known as a tauroctony – the slaying of the bull, but no sculpture of this sort was found at Carrawburgh. The corner fragment of a tauroctony, however, was found at the next fort to the west along Hadrian’s Wall at Housesteads, as were statues of Mithras’ attendants, Cautes and Cautopates.
The app was created in conjunction with Newcastle University Digital Heritage department as a virtual museum and a showcase for a series of highly detailed laser scans of the altars and statues.
Aberdeen Music Hall
Aberdeen’s renowned Music Hall is set to undergo a significant internal reconfiguration and restoration – and Soluis were engaged to tell the story of this process, its sensitivity to the building as a heritage asset, and its impact on internal and external structural fabrics. The team that worked on this project will all be at Museums + Heritage 2015 – come and ask them how we went about it and worked with our clients to communicate their key restoration themes and update approach.
CRR: Bamburgh Castle
Visualisation of LiDAR data from both land and sky created a Continuous Representation of Reality (CRR) for this well recognised castle. Learn how we used motion graphics to bring point clouds to life for Topcon…and how we can transform scan data into interactive models in minutes with our new LiDAR to VR software.
Touching The NEOlithic – A Fulldome Installation Film
About The Soluis Group
The Soluis Group incorporates several operating divisions that offer a range of best-in-class visual presentation and stakeholder engagement solutions. Founded in 2000, Soluis have established a reputation for flexibility, innovation and quality in delivering exceptional service that helps our clients to connect more effectively with clients, project partners and communities.
To enable professionals in any industry to better influence their future by presenting their proposition with absolute clarity and confidence. This will be achieved by engaging in a creative led approach that helps to define outcomes early in the process – before delivering these as high impact experiences through broadcast quality media, computer-generated visualisation and leading edge interactive engagement platforms.
To enable professionals from a range of backgrounds – who have an idea, vision, concept or solution – to bring their unique proposition to life in a visually compelling manner that will both inform and emotionally engage the intended audience. By developing capability that keeps pace with changes in the way our clients develop information, we are able to offer the most efficient workflow process that ensures that maximum effort can be applied to making the visual experience an exceptional one.
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