Oplontis project

Purpose

TACC researchers worked with King's Visualization Laboratory and the Oplontis Team, under the direction of Professor John R. Clarke, at the University of Texas at Austin to create a navigable, three-dimensional digital model of Villa A at Oplontis, fully documenting its setting, architecture, and decor.

Technology

The Vislab staff used Unity3D, a cross-platform game creation engine, to augment the model provided by King's Visualization Lab with virtual reality support via the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. The model permits viewers to alternate between the Villa's current architectural state and a version with hypothetical restorations of many of its wall paintings. Additionally, a virtual visitor can study the impact of lighting conditions at different times of day.

Related Link(s)

oplontisproject.org

Luis Francisco-Revilla

Manager, Visualization Interfaces & Applications Group
revilla@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-232-4772