THE DIGITAL RESTITUTION OF LOT 3317: USING UNDERWATER IMAGE BASED MODELLING TO GENERATE VALUE IN VIRTUAL HERITAGE EXPERIENCES
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Under Water Photogrammetry, Image-Based Modelling, Virtual Heritage, Mesh Retopology
Abstract. The intent of this paper is to demonstrate the cultural value that Virtual Heritage experiences can generate. As a proof of concept, game resolution assets were optimized from high polygon image based models (IBMs) and rendered in real-time, within a Head Mounted Display (HMD). The case study of lot 3317 was chosen to facilitate heuristic explorations pertinent to the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada. This case study explores methods in creating and validating heritage values, while valourizing assets as a cultural resource for use in the future. While at the same time, challenging the current spatial dynamics by conceptually reducing the distance between the viewer and the flooded landscape. In addition to demonstrating the cultural values generated through the veneration of lot 3317, the paper aims to provide a model for optimizing and post processing meshes produced through Under-Water Image-Base Modelling.