Printer Friendly

Wren's Nest used in 3-D laser show; RE-CREATION: World-famous cavern to be reopened as visitor attraction.

Byline: Steve Bradley

A WORLD-famous Cathedral Cavern, hidden beneath Dudley's Wren's Nest, is to be recreated as a 3-D virtual reality laser show.

As much data as possible will be filmed at the former Step Shaft mine before engineers begin the mammoth task of temporarily filling it in to prevent it from collapse.

Hundreds of tons of sand will be poured into the cavern to stabilise its roof and walls while funding is sourced for it to be reopened as a visitor attraction.

Before work starts, scientists, geologists, engineers and archaeologists will spend ten days in the cavern next month to capture information.

They then hope to create a 3-D version of the space which will be put on display at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery in St James's Road later in the year.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "A laser camera will be set up on a tripod in the cavern which will rotate 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically.

"It will send out a laser signal which will hit the walls of the cavern at every point and send millions of signals back to the data recorder.

"This will capture every coordinate of the mine..

"This 3-D model will give the public the chance to take a virtual reality look at this magnifi- cent cavern and will also be vital in helping with future works..

"It will be key to helping us design the strata project and will record how the mine looks now so that when we re-open it we can see if any areas have changed." An archaeological survey will look for industrial and mining artefacts and a photographic and video survey will be made..


Step Shaft Mine at Wren's Nest, Dudley, is to be recreated as a 3D virtual reality laser show.
COPYRIGHT 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 2, 2009
Previous Article:Rates hikes send firms 'to the wall'.
Next Article:Auction bargain brewing.

Related Articles
Way down under: in the Mojave Desert, Jack Mitchell's caves are unforgettable. (Travel).
A trip through life on earth.
Mystery of the deep ... HERITAGE: Dudley 'cavern club' could attract thousands of tourists underground.
The secret world beneath your feet; CAMPAIGN: Mail reporter visits underground caves fighting for pounds 50m lotto cash.
Let lottery cash throw light on Black Country; MAIN FEATURE Now is the time to vote for the Black Country's pounds 50 million bid to create a...
'Cavern club' stages talent.
Caverns spectacle appeal.
Into the void; CAVES AND MINES.
Fears cavern to be filled in for good; LANDMARK: Lottery funding blow to former mine on verge of collapse.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters