Interactive 3D visualization is the specialty of a new startup created by three recent graduates of the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program. Josh Kho, Fouad Hafiz, and Luke Johnson of CatStatic Interactive unveiled their latest visualization tool at a birthday gala in May for renowned Canadian artist Robert Bateman. Supported by the Royal Roads Foundation, the web-based application will be used to promote the Robert Bateman Centre fundraising initiative.
The Royal Roads Foundation approached the student team in January 2010 to create the visualization to raise awareness for the proposed $11-million arts and education centre to be built at Royal Roads University near Victoria, B.C. With positive reviews of the preliminary prototype, the team continued with the project after graduation, and launched CatStatic Interactive.
"Working with Fouad, Josh and Luke ... was an energizing experience," says Gary McCartie, Creative Director for the Robert Bateman Centre at RRU. "[They are] three very talented people with complementary skills, all sharing the same work ethic."
The visualization uses game technology and interactive storytelling to showcase the vision of the centre. Visitors to the interactive website will be able to explore, in detail, the sustainable and artistic features of the building, sited in the distinct natural surroundings of the Royal Roads Campus.
"Using the latest technology, we can provide an entirely new experience [for the user],” says CatStatic Technical Director Luke Johnson. “What we're doing is adding meaningful interactive content that informs people about what they're seeing, and provides context for what they're experiencing."
The Bateman Centre is the one of the latest projects to come out of RRU’s campus sustainability plan. Itself a model of sustainable technology, the building will serve as both exhibit hall for Bateman’s original art (housing the largest collection in Canada), and research think-tank.
CatStatic will continue with the Bateman Centre project, and is looking to provide future visualizations for architects, museums and tourist attractions.
CatStatic Interactive can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604.220.1815.