Digital Heritage 2018 3rd International Congress & Expo
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HeritageCAVE@NTU: 5D Virtual Heritage Innovations and Practices

Booth HeritageCAVE@NTU
Arkwright Building, School of Architecture, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham Nottingham, NG1 4FQ UK
HeritageCAVE@NTU: 5D Virtual Heritage Innovations and Practices
by Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Antony Pidduck and Gehan Selim

For effective engagement with learning experiences and studies of ancient cultures or to grasp the implications of their evidence, it has become essential to introduce an interactive approach in 3D platforms to engage with its architectural evidence and urban fabric. Due to advanced computer hardware and high-end graphics cards, trends in virtual reality applications are motivated towards the use of immersive technology for real-time interaction with high detail. By Virtual heritage, a concept we developed via the AHRC-Funded Virtual Heritage Cairo Project, we use applications of state-of-the-art technologies, giving scope for interdisciplinary research for adverse fields that brings immersive multimedia, as a computer-simulated environment that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world. For conservators, historians and archaeologists, it helps develop a rich library and digital archive of details, information and data necessary in restoring historical sites, as well as heritage preservation where the 3D virtual models contain accurate data and help for restoration.

Virtual, visual and digital display of lost heritage has inherent values in both the tourism industry and the education process for students in pre-university as well as graduate education. It transfers theoretical courses of archaeology and conservation into real simulations of narratives and historical atmosphere. They help enlivening the socio-cultural memory of local communities as essential part of their historic continuity and appreciated of heritage. These applications help develop a rich library and digital archive of details, information and data necessary in restoring historical sites, whilst also supporting investigative analysis of historic buildings and structures for sustainable historic preservation and development. 

This Exhibition is designed to present a series of interdisciplinary and innovative projects on centered on communicating cultural heritage, (tangible, intangible and built) through engaging digital and virtual heritage experiences. Not only these displays, would produce visual outputs, digital and online applications, but more critically engaging socio-cultural heritage of societies, their histories, narratives and sensory experiences. By 5D, we introduce a demonstration of how different disciplines, researchers and technologies could be employed coherently to showcase how Medieval histories and cultural heritage could be scientifically analyses and validated to verify novel means of engaging public audience and young people in understanding and appreciating technological applications for heritage documentation, recording and preservation. 

This exhibition provides a series of displays of Research-led Innovations and project outputs of recent Virtual Heritage applications, technologies and case studies that took place at the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at Nottingham Trent University. This exhibition is curated in collaboration with The University or Leeds and will display projects and output that have been developed in collaboration with Virtual Heritage Cairo Network, the British Geological Survey, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Castle Trust, National Justice Museum (United Kingdom), Baghdad Mayoralty (Iraq), the National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (Egypt), amongst others. 

Material exhibited here will be on display at London Design Festival, Arts and Humanities Research Councils, amongst other venues. This exhibition is curated and organised by the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, and the Global Heritage Research Theme, at Nottingham Trent University.