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In this page, I show you several designs of Virtual 360° Tours, sorted by application.
Most of these are public on the web, utilised in classrooms. Some of the concept designs are works in progress.
Having worked on several projects involving heritage, I really enjoyed photographing the buildings to create virtual tours for use online, but what I found most interesting was the information that wasn’t visible.

To tell a compelling story about a place I felt that it was not sufficient only to photograph it, but also to make it come alive by revealing the history of the place.
I feel that I have done this in some measure due to the framework used for these examples:
McCrae Homestead
La Trobe Cottage
OMG Courtroom
RFDS Airplane
RFDS Museum

The RFDS projects were aimed at enabling school kids to reach and understand a location which is visited only infrequently by grey nomads.
The content which we have revealed, like in the other locations, has remained hidden from the public eye for many decades. A good example is the old films which we were able to bring to light in the museum.

National Trust Heritage Buildings
Designed specifically to allow school children to visit these location in the classroom, take a walk around, look for information hotspots, download the information and use it in their history projects. They are best viewed on a PC or MAC as the rich content is not suitable for delivery to small screens and may not be playable due to browser limitations on those devices. The Virtual Tours can play on a kiosk and derivative versions can be built for mobile devices and as Virtual Reality tours using 360 VR Goggles.
McCrae Homestead
Like many of these historic places, objects, images and stories are rare and precious and get locked away in the archives never to see public light of day. In addition, the rooms are small and the objects that remain in the room are not labelled, in order to preserve the historic feel of the place.
With this “virtual tour” technology we have allowed people to access these things and even take them away in documentary form.
For example, in Georgiana’s Sanctum you can see a calling card from Lt Governor Charles La Trobe lying on her desk.
The document attached hereto: “Heritage at your Touch – Exhibition Notes.pdf” was prepared by me and details the features of this exhibition. It shows where all the information hotspots are, like this.

For school children, the intention is that they must “search” for objects, they are not labelled. They can then download the object or story as a pdf document and use it in their projects.

LaTrobe Cottage
A similar project, combining video of an actor in a 360° scene with information hotspots that the school children must search for.

How many young children know what a commode is? Here they can see one and learn about it.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Broken Hill Base)
The RFDS Base and Museum are far off the beaten track, serving remote communities and homesteads.
The airplanes are not open to visits, but RFDS has an educational program during which they take a mock plane to primary schools to familiarise children with their activities.

Click on the arrows to walk inside, look for information spots and click on them, a simple little image and narration starts

The museum is visited by grey nomads passing through and is totally inaccessible to school children (due to the distant location). The museum itself has static displays. Yet, the museum is a rich information source, therefore we have chosen a number of displays to which we could affix information like old films, audio tracks and other information which becomes available when clicked on. For each location, we have chosen or created a small starting video.
The information is targeted at primary school children, nevertheless it tells a compelling story about RFDS and makes information available to viewers which has been hidden in the archives forever. opens up with a simple little narration in front of the information wall. Click to open the spot, in this case a 1927 silent clip which has languished in the archives.

This is a concept for an app on mobile to guide people around the library

Click on the magnifying glass to see a high resolution 360° scene of the dome room, zoom in to see people.
This design followed on work which was done for State Library of VIC, specifically for Peter McMahon, Director Digital Strategy, Directorate

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Portfolio of Images

Let the good times roll

We are not alone

The Y2K Bug 2006 121cmWx81cmH

Hurtling Through Time and Space 2007 142cmWx71cmH

Circus Oz 2008 81cmWx142cmH

Office of the Director CircusOz 2009 71cmWx142cmH

CircusOz at Practice 2009 71cmWx142cmH

Reaching for the Sky 71cmWx142cmH

Hello_Goodbye 2007 71cmWx142cmH

Yarra Footbridge Night 2011 71cmWx142cmH

Federation_Bells2  71cmWx142cmH

Fed Square Night 2007 106cmWx71cmH

Storm Coming 2007 71cmWx142cmH

Behind The BSG Fitzroy 2010 142cmWx71cmH

Behind The BSG No2 2010 142cmWx71cmH

The Fitz 71x142cm

Churches and Cathedrals - refuges in changing times

Bamberg Cathedral 2011 71cmWx142cmH

Reichenschwand Church 1589 2011 71cmWx142cmH

St Francis Church 2011 71cmWx142cmH

Electric Trolleybus Depot 2009 71cmWx142cmH

Decay eats it's way into the fabric

Symbolic Room 2008 71cmWx142cmH

Hosier Lane No3 2009 71cmWx142cmH

Hosier Lane No2 2009 142cmWx71cmH

Hosier Lane No1 2007 71cmWx142cmH

Centre Place No2 2007 71cmWx142cmH

Centre Place No1 2007 71cmWx142cmH

The Ball Bearing 2010 102cmWx203cmH

Symbolic Room 2010 71cmWx142cmH

Power Hall No2 142x71cm

Upper Gallery 284x142cm

Beautiful Stairway No3 220x110cm

Beautiful Stairway no2 71x142cm


War of the Worlds 2009 71cmx71cm

On the Beach 2007 150cmWx100cmH

Dereliction and decay

Paynes Place 2009 71cmWx142cmH

Little ray of Sunshine 2010 71cmWx142cmH

Entropy No 1 2010 142cmWx71cmH

Entropy No 2 2010 142cmWx71cmH

The Last Sunset 2010 202cmWx90cmH

My Mother Told Me 2009 203cmWx81cmH


After People 2009 91cmWx137cmH
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This describes the focus settings that I use for the Sigma 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens used for GBV virtual tours.

1. To focus the lens:

· Set the aperture to full open f/3.5 to get smallest depth of field (DOF)

· Set up a target at exactly 1m from the nodal point

· Use Live View and magnify as much as possible

· Focus manually – never use autofocus for this lens

· Leave the focus control on Manual

· Tape down the focus ring so that it can’t move

· Check this regularly in case it has moved

2. To check the focus:

· Do this regularly, especially for large critical jobs

· Set up a ruler and targets like this example

· Capture an image with the lens wide open so that you can make sure that the point of focus is at 1m

Zoom in and check the 1m point

· Capture another image with the lens stopped down to f/8 so that you can check the DOF (Depth Of Field)

Zoom in and check the 1m point, notice the huge increase in DOF

We have reached the limits of the lens/ sensor resolution, but you can see how the DOF has increased by stopping down.

3. Why use the 1m focus setting? Mainly because this is the closest that we will get to an object in GBV and we want this to be the sharpest point of focus.

4. Calculate the DOF yourself:

· Install an APP on your smartphone: DoF Calc for Android, Dofmaster for Apple.

· With an APSC sensor, 8mm f/8 lens Hyperfocal distance is ~43cm. Everything from ~21cm to Infinity is acceptably sharp

· If you focus at 100cm then everything from ~30cm to infinity is in sharp focus but the sharpest point of focus is 1m

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Greensmith House April 2013

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Bustech test

Test node at entry into double decker bus. Use mouse to look up or down or from side to side.

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Alien Bar

On my travels from Stechelberg to Montreux I discovered the amazing Alien Bar.
Click on the SIZE icon (RHS bottom) to make it play fullscreen. Scroll up and look at the ceiling. You're insdie the belly of the beast!)

MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland
The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.

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