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World’s First 3D Ancient City Tour Comes to Life in Bergama using GRAPHISOFT software

GRAPHISOFT and Abvent have both collaborated their software technologies for Bilkom’s “History comes to life in 3D” project


Bilkom has launched a project called “History comes to life in 3D” using 3D modeling software and mobile technology from GRAPHISOFT and Abvent. As a result, the ancient city in Bergama can be explored in 3D, making it possible for visitors to experience a virtual tour of the historic area for the first time.

iVisit Anatolia is a new 3D viewing application for tablets and smartphones developed for Artlantis by Abvent, and it enables users to visit Zeus Altar, the Temple of Athena, the Red Basilica, and Asclepion, the four ancient sites in Bergama, to explore these historic sites in a 360 degree virtual tour as they looked originally.

Universities, architecture students, municipalities and Bilkom worked together to launch the project in a mere two months.

Under the leadership of architect Ender Aydin, Bilkom’s Digital Life Coach, 12 architecture students from the universities of Dokuz Eylul, Gedik and Yasar and a research fellow met twice in Bergama with the coordination of Bergama Municipality Development and Planning Department, UNESCO World Heritage and Area Management during the weekend workshops.

01 - Users experiencing ancient city using virtual 3D tour app iVisit Anatolia. 3d work and assets were created using ArchiCAD, Artlantis and iVisit 3D. (courtesy Graphisoft)

01 – Users experiencing ancient city using virtual 3D tour app iVisit Anatolia. 3d work and assets were created using ArchiCAD, Artlantis and iVisit 3D. (courtesy Graphisoft)

2D drawings of the ancient sites were exported to ArchiCAD and rendered in Artlantis, while the unique panoramas were created using iVisit 3D, Abvent’s Artlantis 3D presentation tool. Readers can learn more about iVisit 3D and tools like it by visiting our “Ultimate iPad Guide: Apps for Architects” article series here.


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