Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia have created a full 3D computer model of what Rome might have looked like in 320 AD.
To create the digital model, researchers scanned a 3,000 square foot, 1/250 plaster model of the city â€“ the â€œPlastico di Roma Anticaâ€ â€“ which was completed in the 1970s. Because of the modelâ€™s intricacy â€“ the Plasticoâ€™s Coliseum is only 8 inches tall — Italian engineers used laser radar originally designed to measure precise tolerances on jet parts to scan within a tenth of a millimeter. Each 6-by-6 section contained 60 million data points.
Another cool detail is that my employer, Multigen-Paradigm was a sponsor.