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Published June 19, 2014

Collaboration with UB Admissions & Communications departments results in 3D models of all 3 UB campuses and an app for iPhone/iPad devices

The three-dimensional tool allows Web visitors to explore the university's three campuses virtually on a building-by-building basis and to learn about the programs and activities that occur in each.

CCR has been working with the University at Buffalo's Admissions and Communications departments for several years to develop 3D models of all three UB Campuses.  The original purpose of the project was to provide prospective students and parents a virtual tour of UB before they came for an on-site visit.  Users of the web application, UB Explorer, can fly through the virtual environments either on their own or through pre-set paths.  The pre-set routes include tours through the academic areas and residential areas and areas of interest for student life, taking users step-by-step through buildings that fall in these categories. 

CCR is currently working on porting these virtual tours into an iOS application for iPhones, iPads, and iPods.  The app will be available on the Apple App Store for free and will eventually be rolled into UB's mobile app.  Future plans for this involve using the GPS and gyoscope functions of the Apple devices so users can get a very personal experience based on exactly where they are on campus.  Stay tuned!

These models are also being used by UB administrators for visualizing future work laid out in the UB 2020 master plan initiative.  CCR will work with UB planners and architects as new plans are prepared for expansion of the campuses and incorporate these into the models.