Ultramundum Foundation is producing, in collaboration with SOFIHA
collaudi srl and Vision srl, the virtual model (P.I.D) of the city of Rome.
The model offers a free 3D interactive exploration of the whole 500.000
buildings of the city and of 30 monumental areas like the Colosseum, the Trevi fountain,
Piazza di Spagna, the Capitoline hill and many others.
A first product is alredy distributed to the public: the ROME ultravision 4D DVD, a first version of the
model with 15 monumental areas, installable from a DVD that can be sent like a postcard.
Until today, only portions of cities or small towns have been modelled
with technologies like the one used, due to the prohibitively huge amount of data to
process to generate a three-dimensional model of an area with hundreds of thousands of
buildings, like the one of Rome.
The Rome city PID allows for exploration on a standard personal computer
with a modern video card. Esoteric hardware is not necessary.
Thanks to the patented UltraPeg technology, the Rome PID offers an
interactive fly on all the city and allows for a descent to ground level in any street to
walk among the buildings. Getting altitude the speed increases accordingly to allow for an
exploration experience easy and really natural.
Every city building is present, with a prism precisely defining the
ground perimeter and height. In this way the volume is perfectly modelled. The roof and
facade are created by so-called 'staminal Tabulae', capable of procedurally generating
complex 3D models and texturing.
In this first step, precise models with high realism of 30 important
city monumental areas have been inserted. In the second phase, each building will be
modelled in every detail.
Many other uses are possible and will be presented, with applications in
the fields of projects making and planning, of tourism, of study and promotion of the city
The PID is not a closed software, but a platform that can be used in
many different fields and can be expanded and modified at will.
Any Tabula, the data structure at the root of Ultramundum Foundation's
UltraPeg technology, can hold multiple data types. For the Rome city model, informations
on buildings positions, root maps, monumental areas placements and specific schematics
have been imported from Autocad files and other databases.
The Autocad file importer, called UltraTools, allows for fast and almost
automatic acquisition of public databases, converted in a very short time to
three-dimensional elements. All these data can then be explored in real-time.
The Foundation can arrange interactive demonstrations on request,
because this product can not be freely distributed yet.