(14D-IT GmbH, Pfaffstätten, Austria | 2Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)

Keywords: Oyster reef, augmented reality, interactive

The geo-edutainment park „Fossilienwelt Weinviertel“ at Stetten in Lower Austria exposes the world’s largest fossil oyster biostrome. From 2005 to 2009, approximately 20,000 up to 80-cm-long shells of Crassostrea gryphoides covering a 400 m² large area were excavated. A cooperative team of researchers from the “Naturhistorisches Museum Wien” (NHM) and the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) investigates the formation of the reef which took place more than 16.5 million years ago. The foundation of their work is a high-resolution (1 mm resolution), textured 3D-model of the entire excavation area. The core idea of SmartGeology4Public is to build the link between researchers and a broad public, i.e. the visitors of the excavation site. Using the interactive app, visitors get an insight on the researchers work. The 3D-data as well as scientific results are presented on a TabletPC and can be investigated in their “real environment” using augmented reality technologies. Education, information and entertainment are the unique selling property of this application. Additionally, SmartGeology4Public enables researches to investigate scientific results embedded into the study area supporting to find new scientific relations. And finally, the content of the app is available “off-site” as well. Hence, people who do not have access to the site may visualize the content in their own environment.