As part of its $100 million expansion, The Georgia Aquarium is partnering with Swedish visualisation company Interspectral. The collaboration will allow the facility in Atlanta to evaluate how interactive 3D technology can enhance the learning experience in its new gallery.
Housing thousands of fish and sea creatures from more than 100 different species, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest in the world. Education will be key to its new expansion.
“We hope that this expansion is more than just an exhibit for guests to visually enjoy,” says Anthony Riviera, the aquarium’s vice-president of guest experience and hospitality. Rather it will be “a learning experience that creates a deeper appreciation for the important role sharks serve in our oceans”.
Interspectral’s Inside Explorer software will be tested on visitors to evaluate how it could be integrated into the new exhibit and wider public programmes of the Georgia Aquarium. Visitors will be able to interactively explore 3D X-ray scans of sharks and rays swimming in the adjacent tanks. This will allow them to better appreciate the creatures’ amazing physiology and gain a better understanding of how they function.
Visitors can interact with, explore and dissect several different species. The visualisations are based on international scientific data. Apart from giving new insights to regular aquarium visitors, Inside Explorer could also be used as an interactive tool for educational programmes.
The visualisation platform from Interspectral is already used by educational institutions, museums and cultural institutions across the world – providing both researchers and visitors with new insights on cultural heritage objects as well as animal and human anatomy.