This project — the recreation of Baroque Lisbon in 1755, just before the big earthquake which destroyed the city — was used by Beta Technologies as a means to do heavy-duty, intensive use of our own OpenSim mini-grid, to test the technology to the extreme under "real" conditions, with buildings of 8000+ prims in a single region.
The video shows how crude logging in can be (the worst-case scenario) but how smoothly things work when everything has rezzed. The result was that the technology is "good enough" for professional, regular work, although it requires a lot of time and patience in constant maintenance to make sure everything works flawlessly. For low-budget projects (where the customer cannot afford the cost of leasing private islands from Linden Lab) or machinima (where scenarios will be basically destroyed after the videos are shot), OpenSim really becomes a viable alternative.
Presentation video for the virtual archaeology project "City and Spectacle: a vision of pre-earthquake Lisbon", which is implementing a recreation of Lisbon at the eve of the 1755 earthquake.
This is an ongoing project, which was recently updated and extended and is available on http://bit.ly/lisbon1755
The technology used is Second Life/OpenSimulator and the research project will allow visitors to be immersed in the virtual environment and participate in interactive historical events with other users across the world, simultaneously and in real time.
This project is part of the "Connecting Cities" project framework of the Centre for History of Art and Artistic Research (CHAIA), of the University of Évora.
The team brings together researchers in the area of Art History, specializing in the history of the city, town planning, architecture and the landscape; specialists in the creation of virtual realities and experts in the application of IT resources to research and the dissemination of history.
Maria Alexandra Gago da Câmara (Art Historian, Open University, CHAIA)
Maria Helena Murteira (Art Historian, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, CHAIA)
Paulo Alexandre Rodrigues (Art Historian, University of Evora, CHAIA)
Silvana Moreira (Modeler, Beta Technologies)
Luís Miguel Sequeira (System Administrator, Beta Technologies)
Jeff Bush (Producer, Beta Technologies)
Michael Sudyn (Editor, Flying Dreams Inc.)
Phil Lee (Narration, CityVox)
CHAIA, University of Évora
King's Visualisation Lab (King's College)