New technology contributes to architectural heritage

Carleton University is entering an elite field within the realm of heritage reconstruction thanks to a Canadian Heritage Grant.

Through a new Digital Architectural Reconstruction Program, Carleton’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) has become one of only a handful of new media research network nodes in the country. Carleton acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture On-line Program, which contributed $460,320 of the total $800,783 needed for the project.

“We expect this program to flourish long-term due to the demand, and because so few programs exist in Canada,” says the Director of CIMS and the project’s principal investigator, Michael Jemtrud.

The grant is helping facilitate one primary and three secondary projects that involve the development of digital technologies related to 3D visualization.

“The primary content-based project is the reconstruction of the Chapel of the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Rideau Chapel). The building was raised in 1972 and the interior of the Chapel was reassembled in the National Gallery of Canada,” says Jemtrud.

Jemtrud says the project’s most obvious result will be a presentation of the Rideau Chapel reconstruction on the Internet that will eventually be used with animations in a completely interactive environment.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-10/520.htm

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