Tehran, Jan. 23 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) - If you have not yet traveled to Shiraz or Bam to visit their world-famous historical sites of Persepolis and Bam Citadel, you are now offered new, easily-accessible technologies to reach there.
New technologies are now being exploited to take tourists to a virtual tour around Persepolis and Bam Citadel, and so today the tourist view of the sites won't be limited just to the pictures and films taken by the previous visitors.
Iranian Nama Pardaz Company has created a computerized model of Persepolis and Bam Citadel; a 3-dimensional model with lively colors, texture, and looks, a model so lively that the director-general of the company, Mehdi Boroumand, believes provides all the advantages of a tour to the sites, except for the ability to touch the relics.
The computerized model created by a combination of laser-scanning and photo-grammetry methods is considered a new kind of scientific documentation undertaken for the first time 2 years ago in Vienna. The inventor of the method is an Austrian company named Reigl, and now the pictures of the Persepolis model made by Nama Pardaz Rayaneh can be reached at its site at www.riegl.org.
According to Boroumand, documentation with 3-D photos were created some 50 years ago, but combination of laser-screening and photo-grammetry by Riegl has reduced the method's being expensive and time-consuming, helping expand its usage.
Using these models for introducing historical sites and museums, and therefore helping promote them and attract more tourists to them, is one of their most important applications. Putting these models on the web provides the opportunity to virtually tour these sites, even fly over them and look at them from high above, or enlarge them to study even the minutest details of the historical structures.
3-D pictures of these sites, CD's, and DVD's including these pictures will be published and distributed in domestic and foreign markets, and 3-D theatres screening them will be set in exhibitions and busy spots such as international airports to help boost the tourism industry, Boroumand told CHN.
The technology can moreover help document the archeological sites virtually, which is recently being encouraged by UNESCO as a means to share and document cultural heritage.
Although the technology opens new windows to the tourism industry, in Iran only 3 mock-ups have been created: one of Persepolis in the southern province of Fars, one of Bam Citadel in the central province of Kerman, and one of Azadi Tower in Tehran. Mock-ups from Khajeh mountain in Sistan-Balouchistan and historical sites of Zanjan province are also being created by Rayan Naghsh-e Company.
Boroumand hopes that the technology be used more and more to develop the Iranian tourism industry.
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