Multiplatform VR case study - Beacon Virtua

Andrew Woods, Nick Oliver, Paul Bourke

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


In Beacon Virtua you can explore the legacy of the shipwrecked VOC ship Batavia by visiting a simulation of Beacon Island (see Figure 1). Beacon Virtua will take you on a tour of the island including its jetties, fishing shacks and several grave sites of Batavia voyagers who were buried on the island after the ship was wrecked and following the uprising. The graves have been reconstructed through a technique called photogrammetric 3D reconstruction, a process which uses multiple photographs of an object to build an accurate and detailed 3D model of it. Beacon Virtua presents the island as it was in 2013, using audio and photography captured during multiple expeditions to the island
to preserve this period in its history.

In 2013 there were around 15 shacks located across Beacon Island, originally used by the fishing community. These shacks have been recreated as 3D models, which can be explored inside
and out. Around the island are photographic panorama bubbles offering 360° views of the island. These bubbles have been captured using a special panoramic photography process -
stepping inside a bubble allows you to see the island from that point exactly as it was in 2013.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
EventStereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIX - Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, United States
Duration: 29 Jan 201831 Jan 2018


ConferenceStereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIX
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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