Architecture Professor Publishes Research on Using Virtual Reality Tools for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Congratulations to Dr. Khosrow Bozorgi, professor of architecture, for his recent publication of “Using 3D/VR for Research and Cultural Heritage Preservation: Project Update on the Virtual Ganjali Khan Project,” in the journal Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. The project explores virtual reality and 3D image capture techniques for documenting the historic Ganjali Khan complex in Kerman, Iran.

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This paper describes the Virtual Ganjali Khan Project, an ongoing research initiative that is using 3D scanning and immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies to document a large historical landmark in the desert city of Kerman, Iran, the Ganjali Khan Complex. It describes the intellectual merits of these emerging technologies for preserving and providing new forms of access to cultural heritage sites, outlines the procedures of data collection and 3D processing, and describes the current work and next steps of the project. This paper will be of interest to scholars and institutions considering using 3D and VR technologies for supporting cultural heritage preservation, digital humanities projects, or other types of interdisciplinary research.

Featured image: Preliminary study of the site: Drone view of Ganjali Khan complex (captured by Dr. Khosrow Bozorgi, July 2018, copyright Khosrow Bozorgi).