If you wondered why there was an interest within the last year to take 3D images of the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi, this is why. The Naraha Remote Technology Development Center is using those images to build a virtual version of the damaged reactors. Researchers can navigate the buildings and structures using virtual reality technology. Only certain portions of the building have been 3D mapped, more of this work is planned. A fuller virtual view of the reactors should evolve over time as more imagery is obtained.
This will allow researchers to plan decommissioning work and investigations better without additional radiation exposures. What could make this technology even better would be if they released the 3D files for public use. The files could create new innovation and educational tools outside of their use in the disaster response.
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