Project Dougga: Theatre

Unesco World Heritage Center

Dougga is an ancient Roman city in northern Tunisia, included in a 65 hectare archaeological site.

UNESCO qualified Dougga as a World Heritage Site in 1997, believing that it represents “the best-preserved Roman town in North Africa”. The site lies in the middle of the countryside.

The impressive ruins that are visible today give some idea of the resources of a small Roman town on the fringes of the empire. These ruins of a complete city with all its components are a testimony to more than 17 centuries of history. They are an outstanding example illustrating the synthesis between different cultures: Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman.

Realtime Fly-through

This is a screengrab of an animated camera that is flying through Dougga's antique theatre. 

The asset was reduced to a 1/1000 polycount and is about 1,2 million polygons.

Large scale reality-captured virtual environments

We create beautiful and accurate virtual reality scenes, textured 3D meshes and much more from images or laser scans semi-automatically within a fraction of time compared to the old workflows. So we managed to gather all the information needed to reconstruct the theatre just within 2 days on set.

Postproduction of course is quite computationally intensive but the amount of time needed to finish up a project heavily depends on the kind of deliverable. Gathering a scene for previsualization- or projection-purpose could be done within just a few days as well!

Lidar for Cultural Heritage

Objects that were recorded have historical value and can be counted in the branch of cultural heritage application of laser scanning. Three dimensional laser scanners have developed and brought whole new idea to the capturing, preservation and study of historical and cultural heritage.


We transform point cloud data, probe data and imported photographs into textured 3D polygon meshes for use in manufacturing, analysis, design, entertainment, archeology and analysis.

Beside several other devices we employ long-range LIDAR devices that reach for about 300m. We offer a ranging error from ± 2mm.

Check out the other parts of the area here & have a look at our realtime assets here. We managed to preserve as much as detail as possible while running them at 90 fps and more!