Reconstruction of Historical Monuments Supported by MACI
professor of urban planning at the University of
Calgary is uncovering significant advances in the
use of computer visualization. Dr Richard Levy,
working in collaboration with Dr Walter Jamieson,
director of the Urban Management Program, at the
Asian Institute of Technology and professor at the
University of Calgary, is leading the development
of 3D computer visualizations in urban planning.
Simulating the reconstruction of urban sites through
high performance computer visualizations, Dr Levy
has been able to successfully reconstruct the twelfth
century temple site of Phimai, Thailand.
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United Nations World Heritage site, Phimai is a walled
complex of reconstructed temples, libraries and ancillary
structures. It is considered one of most important Khmer
monuments in Thailand and one of the most delicately
detailed historical monuments to be virtually recreated.
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reconstruction of the temple site in Phimai, Thailand
is innovative in the area computer visualization
and urban management because Levy’s 3D models promote
a systemized approach to heritage resource management.
Dr Levy’s developments in computer visualization
will definitely influence how archaeologists, historians
and museum curators can use this non-evasive environment
for testing reconstruction scenarios of these virtual
worlds, while offering the public access too important
historical monuments without the dangers of excessive
interest has been generated from the success of
this temple reconstruction. Not only does this breakthrough
affect the areas of urban management and archaeology
but it also is opening up many visualization opportunities
in other disciplines. Dr Levy will be working with
Dr Larry Katz and Dr Murray Maitland of the University
of Calgary’s Kinesiology department where the trio
will develop a virtual reality simulator to be used
in sports training.
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Reconstructing 3D models and images of this quality and
detail require extensive computing capabilities, provided
by the MACI facilities at the University of Calgary.
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Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Alberta. 2000.
Wiessner, and R. M. Levy. Application of Computer
Visualisation Techniques in Project Negotiation:
The Nonthaburi Canal Development Project in Thailand,EAROPH
Proceeding, Seoul, Korea 2000.
Levy, Z. Wang, and D. Hunt. D. Virtual Reality, A
Tool for Measuring the Attitudes of Users of Light Rail
Transit Stations, Abstract, Environmental Research
Design Association, Proceedings, 2000, p. 158.
Levy. The Use of Computer Technology in Archaeological
Interpretation: Reconstruction of the Temple Site at
Phimai, International Conference on Sustainable
Community Tourism Destination Management, Asian Institute
of Technology, November 29, 2000.
Levy. Computer Visualization and Physical Design,
International Conference on Sustainable Community Tourism
Destination Management, Asian Institute of Technology,
November 29, 2000.
Levy. Virtual Reality and the Urban Landscape, Living
Architectures, Designing for Immersion & Interaction,
Banff New Media Institute, Banff, Alberta, September