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USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies

The launching pads at Cape Canaveral, an ancient French arch and a Revolutionary War-era tunnel in South Carolina are all historic sites. But that’s not all they have in common—they’re also rapidly deteriorating.

"Our world heritage is really going away in many instances from different things: war, looting, all kinds of acid rains and climate change," says Dr. Lori Collins

USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies

Imagine entering USF’s Tampa campus, walking around the 15-hundred acres, touring the various buildings, like the Marshall Student Center or the Library - and doing it all from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re in Temple Terrace or in Tokyo!

Researchers at the USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) are hoping to make such a ‘virtual campus’ a reality and they’re using three-dimensional laser imaging to do so. This week's University Beat looks at the work, which isn't limited to simply mapping the university campus.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF

It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie like "Minority Report" -- 3-D image pops up off a monitor, then a person reaches out to touch the image and actually feels something. Such activity is becoming reality at USF's new Advanced Visualization Center.