Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of the city of Sopianae | 2013-2015

3 Jul , 2015   Video

Leading archaeologist Olivér Gábor wanted to visualize the history of Pécs for a long time. He contacted me in 2012 to talk about a virtual reconstruction of Sopianae at the end of the IV. century AD. We wanted to show not just the grand and luxurious side of the city, but also the everyday life of the average citizen. The visitor should walk freely in the virtually reconstructed city, discover the scenes in his/her own pace.

The work started in the end of 2013 with collecting the available data, publications, photos, drawings.

Map of the excavation at Teréz street.

Map of the excavation at Teréz street.

21 objects, coins, glasses, samian wares, iron tools destined for showcasing both in the permanent exhibition and in the reconstruction were photographed from all angles to aid the 3D modelling process.

Phases of the  reconstruction of an ink pot

Phases of the reconstruction of an ink pot

Out of 8 possible scenes a palace, a city house with bath, and a square with a granary and shops were chosen for the first round.

House of the Mercator.

House of the Mercator.

Square with the granary and shops.

Square with the granary and shops.

Palace of a wealthy man.

Palace of a wealthy man.

Visitors can control a virtual time traveler, walk and look around like in an fps video game. In the vicinity of a featured artifact an outline indicates that it is clickable, if done so the screen changes to a showroom with the enlarged object and it’s description.

Artifact showroom.

Characters were based on real life people.

Models for the characters.

Models for the characters.

In-game characters.

In-game characters.


There were 258 models, 323 textures, 233 materials made for this project, all from scratch.

Models, textures, materials.

Models, textures, materials.

client: Directorate of Baranya County Museums
leading archaeologist: Olivér Gábor
reconstruction: Ádám Németh
building models: Ádám Németh
object models: Ádám Németh, Péter Király, Béla Kotroczó, Ákos Halász, Attila Mucska, Rudolf Béres, Csaba Borbély, Endre Számel
music: Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com

Contact me: info atsign virtualreconstruction.com

Made with Unreal Engine 4

An interview with the curator, and usage of the application: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlVgrMwaWKk

Building reconstruction

Research on the Aquincum aqueduct | 2013

3 Jul , 2015  

I started this project out of personal curiosity. I was interested in:

  • Was there any water lifting device, pump at the spring?
  • What was the slope of the aquaeduct?
  • What amount of water was transferred per day?
  • How were the limescale blocks formed?
  • How was the crossing with roads solved?

My method:

  1. Foliage, dirt, garbage removal where necessary.
  2. Observation of the form, material of the limescale blocks, underside too.
  3. Taking pictures, photogrammetry.
  4. Reconstruction of missing stones, lead pipes with the help of a 3D software.
  5. Simulation of the collapse of buildings, amount of ruble.
  6. Looking for analogues for building methods, materials, scaling.
  7. Processing, visualization of the results. Reconstructions, animations.
Collapsed piece of wall still in place next to the aqueduct.

Collapsed piece of wall still in place next to the aqueduct.

Formation of the limescale block.

Formation of the limescale block.

3D model of the limescale block.

 

Point cloud made from 80 photos.

Point cloud made from 80 photos.

Photo of the aqeduct - road crossing, and reconstructed view.

Photo of the aqeduct – road crossing, and reconstructed view.

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Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town Amphitheatre | 2013

2 Jul , 2015  

Client: Aquincum Museum.

aquincum_amphitheatre_photo

Aerial view of the amphitheatre.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town Amphitheatre

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town Amphitheatre

Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstructions for the exhibition “Tales of finds” | 2012

30 Jun , 2015  

Museum researchers – including archaeologists and conservators – have put their favorite finds on exhibit.

Client: Aquincum Museum.

Antler tool

Antler tool

Antler tool

Antler tool used to repair a bed.

Reconstructed scene: antler tool used to repair a bed.

 

Lead curse table

Lead curse table.

Lead curse table with barely readable writing.

Old sorcerer writes the curse to the lead table.

Old sorcerer writes the curse to the lead table.

 

Nozzle

Ceramics nozzle.

Ceramics nozzle.

Reconstructed scene: Iron age smith with the help of his wife pumps air into the furnace to get the necessary temperature to melt the iron.

Reconstructed scene: Iron age smith with the help of his wife pumps air into the furnace to get the necessary temperature to melt the iron.

 

Idol head

Idol head.

Idol head.

Burying the idol head.

Burying the idol head.

 

Belt

Drawing of the grave and the belt.

Drawing of the grave and the belt.

belt

Belt decorated with stone.

 

Horse

Photo of the ceramics horse piece

Photo of the ceramics horse piece

Lararium with the reconstructed horse statuette.

Shrine (lararium) with the reconstructed horse statuette.

 

Chamber pot

Roman chamber pot, lasanum.

Roman chamber pot, lasanum.

lasanum

Reconstructed scene: Chamber pot being emptied.

 

Amphora containing expensive wine from Crete.

Amphora

Amphora

amfora

A servant breaks the amphora as part of the funeral ceremony.

 

Warped, spoiled pottery

Spoiled pottery as found.

Spoiled pottery as found.

pottery_dumping

Pit for spoiled pottery.

 

Grave stone of a soldier

Photo of the grave stone.

Photo of the grave stone.

gravestone

Painted grave stone in the cemetery.

 

Mithras statuette

The broken piece of the Mithras statuette.

The broken piece of the Mithras statuette.

Mithras slaying the bull.

Mithras slaying the bull. The reconstructed statuette is placed in an altar in the mithraeum.

 

Roman horse trappings

Horse trappings

Horse trappings

Reconstructed trappings on a horse.

Reconstructed trappings on a horse.

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Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of the civil town of Aquincum for the third Chronoscope. | 2012

30 Jun , 2015  

The Chronoscope is like a telescope to the past. The viewer can observe the south side of Aquincum as it was in the 2nd Century AD. It offers a 270 degree panoramic view of the city. The image has a resolution of 15750 x 3000 pixel.
Client: Aquincum Museum.

A visitor looking into the past trough the Chronoscope.

A visitor looking into the past trough the Chronoscope.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town for the third Chronoscope.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town for the third Chronoscope.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town for the third Chronoscope.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum Civil Town for the third Chronoscope.

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Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstructions for the Aquincum anno – Roman buildings then and now booklet | 2012

29 Jun , 2015  

Introduction of the booklet: “Many monuments from the legacy of Aquincum, the Roman predecessor of the Capital city are preserved on the city’s territory. Prominent among them is the area of contiguous ruins displayed around the Aquincum Museum. The first traces of habitation date to the second half of the 1 st century AD. During the first heyday of the town, the central main streets were lined with public buildings while dwelling buildings were built farther away from the center. Following the devastations of the Markomann wars in the last third of the 2nd century AD, a new time of of urban florescence followed. The ever increasing population of the town constructed larger and more lavish public buildings. This frontier town was once again subject to Barbarian attacks in the second half of the 3rd century AD followed by another upswing in its fortunes in the first decades of the 4th century AD.”

The booklet is a guide to the ruin area with ten reconstructions on transparent sheets over photos of the buildings.

Client: Aquincum Baráti Kör.

Aquincum Anno booklet

Aquincum Anno booklet

Reconstruction of the double bath of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the double bath of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the Aquincum macellum

Reconstruction of the macellum of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the main street of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the main street of Aquincum.

aquincum_peristyl_house_reconstruction

Reconstruction of the Aquincum peristyl house.

Reconstruction of the frigidarium of the main bath of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the frigidarium of the main bath of Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the Mithras shrine at the southern town wall.

Reconstruction of the Mithras shrine at the southern town wall.

Reconstruction of the artisan's societies headquarters in Aquincum.

Reconstruction of the artisan’s societies headquarters in Aquincum.

aquincum_main_bath_reconstruction

Reconstructed street view with wall fountain. Back of the Great Public Bath in Aquincum.

aquincum_forum_reconstruction

Reconstructed view of the forum, the town center of Aquincum.

aquincum_civil_town_amphiteater

Reconstruction of the amphiteater of the Civil Town.

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Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of the painter’s house in Aquincum | 2012

29 Jun , 2015  

Client: Aquincum Museum.

Painter's house reconstruction.

Painter’s house reconstruction.

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Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of the Contra Aquincum fort. | 2012

29 Jun , 2015  

Updated images here.

Március 15. square in 2010.

Március 15. square in 2010.

Map of the surrounding area.

Map of the surrounding area.

Contra Aquincum fort reconstruction. View from east.

Contra Aquincum fort reconstruction. View from east.

Contra Aquincum fort reconstruction. View from south.

Contra Aquincum fort reconstruction. View from south.

Client: Aquincum Museum, József Beszédes

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Human reconstruction

Virtual reconstruction of a medieval dress | 2012

28 Jun , 2015  

A women’s wear made around 1660 was found remarkably well preserved under the former Viczay tomb.

Client: Hungarian National Museum

Medieval dress reconstruction

Medieval dress reconstruction

Building reconstruction

Virtual reconstructions for the exhibition “New finds” | 2011

28 Jun , 2015  

Client: Aquincum Museum.

Semi subterranean house reconstruction

Semi subterranean house reconstruction

Copper and gold corolla reconstruction.

Copper and gold corolla reconstruction.

Reconstruction of the inside of Hadrian's palace

Reconstruction of the inside of Hadrian’s palace