Stanfords London Store Virtual Tour


The store has three floors:

  • First Floor
  • Ground Floor
  • Lower Ground Floor (also called the Basement)

The job consisted of the following stages (first 5 points are common with the fly-through process):

  • making of general, rough floor plans (overall proportions and element-to-element relations were kept but no accurate measurements were taken)
  • gathering photo documentation for creating patterns and textures
  • creating a 3D vector model of each floor separately
  • preparing textures and images to drape them on elements
  • testing various rendering options using single and multiple frame options
  • designing scene locations for 360 drgrees panoramas
  • rendering sets of single frames for each scene (6-7 scenes per floor)
  • including photos in the scenes for chosen views/shelves/items
  • creating scenes and combining them into a virtual tour for each floor.


There are three virtual tours, one for each floor. Each tour consist of several (6-7) scenes as well as a few preview images of the whole floor from above. There is also a ‘radar’ function included indicating which part of the floor is being shown at any given moment (right-top corner). The type of rendering chosen for the virtual tours was a bit more sophisticated then for the fly-through movies. This was because for a virtual scene there had to be just a few frames rendered instead of thousands needed for a movie (a movie with 30fps 90 seconds long requires 2700 frames).


The job was done on a single HP 8510w Mobile Workstation with 4GB RAM, Core2Duo T7700 2.4GHz and Windows XP Proffesional 32bit as an operating system. Software used include Bentley Microstation v8i (no plugins/add-ons), Photoshop CS3 and Easypano Turnweaver.

Date of completion: Winter 2010