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Railway Heritage Access Supported with 3D Modeling

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Railway Heritage Documented in 3D

A titan of the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel began the Great Western Railway (GWR) in Swindon, England, in 1835 with an ambitious plan to link the cities of London and Bristol. His story and many others that represent the UK’s railway heritage celebrates the golden age of railroads at the STEAM museum in Swindon.

This was a pivotal moment in the industrial development of the United Kingdom; local engineers and railway workers designed and built the infrastructure needed to transport passengers and goods to locations across the network.

The spirit of harnessing new technologies and connecting users continues today with a 360° virtual tour of the famous railway heritage STEAM Museum, where visitors can explore the galleries and interact with iconic GWR steam locomotives and memorabilia. An incentive for the project was the COVID-19 pandemic; the local borough council wanted to provide access to members of the public while also complying with the need for physical distancing.

To make it happen, STEAM teamed up with Cognica, a NavVis Mapping Partner, to develop a high-definition virtual tour leveraging their Insite360 platform built atop NavVis IndoorViewer.

“This is an exciting new experience for local residents, families and fans of GWR worldwide,” says Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM. “We are trying to think differently about people engaging with our history, our art, our heritage and I hope residents enjoy the tour.”

Visitors can now tour the Steam Museum in the UK from a web browser, thanks to an immersive experience created by NavVis Mapping Partner Cognica.

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