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March 25th, 2009
Virtual Model of Historic City Comes to Life

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PR – Students at Finland’s Tampere
University of Applied Sciences are creating a 3D model of the
historic town of Viipuri (Vyborg) as it looked in September 1939.

aim of the project, run by Project Leader Harri Miettinen, is to
teach 3D modeling during the different stages of the construction
process. Meanwhile, students gain valuable experience by using 3D
modeling and cutting-edge technology to store historically and
culturally significant construction information in electronic format. With
this project, students are trying to digitally replicate the cultural
heritage of the town of Viipuri as it was in September 1939, when it
was still a Finnish town.

3D modeling project

is published on the Internet in 13 languages. When the project is
complete, users will be able to virtually move around the town at the
street level, with items closer to the user appearing in more detail.
Virtual Viipuri will be enlivened by moving people, cars, trams etc.

of Viipuri

(Vyborg) is a town currently part of Leningrad Oblast, Russia,
situated on the Karelian Isthmus and located 38 km south of Russia’s
border with Finland. Viipuri
was founded in 1293 during
the Third Swedish Crusade and
was an important trading town under Swedish rule, fortified by
towers, a fortress and walls. In 1710, the town was conquered by
Peter the Great and came under the rule of the Russian empire. The
completion of the Saimaa Canal in 1856, followed by railway
connections, boosted Viipuri’s importance to regional transport,
and the town expanded rapidly. With the collapse of the Russian
Empire in 1917, Finland achieved independence. City leaders made
provision for the recording and restoration of Viipuri’s many
archeological and architectural relics, some dating from medieval
times. The
start of the Second World War brought an end to these developments.
mid-February of 1940, the town was empty of civilians and all civic
activities had ceased. In the Treaty of Moscow, Finland lost 10% of
its area, including Viipuri, to Russia. Twelve percent of the
population had to leave their hometowns. The Finnish town of Viipuri
was no more.

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