Faculty of Engineering at BZU presents the reconstruction of Hisham Palace Project by using the virtual reality technology

On 27 October 2010, the Faculty of Engineering at BZU presented at the hall of the Virtual Reality the reconstruction of Hisham bin Abdul Malik Palace Project by using the virtual reality technology, based on the perception of the archaeologist Robert Hamilton. This took place on the occasion of the conclusion of the Virtual Reality Project at BZU, funded by the World Bank and the European Commission through the Quality Assurance Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The event was attended by a number of university officials, Mayor of Ramallah, Janet Michael, officials from the Department of Antiquities, municipalities, ministries, and those interested.

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Afif Hasan, welcomed the guests  and defined the term virtual reality technology, which can be simulated through places and spaces in the real world. In his speech, the Project Manager, Dr. Faisal Awadallah, thanked all those who contributed to the completion of the project, saying: The challenges encountered in the introduction and operation of virtual reality technology were great , being the first of its kind in Palestine. He valued the role of the Supervisor, Engineer Omar Aboudi, and his colleague, Yousef Kateeb, in rebuilding Hisham Palace by using virtual reality technology, as perceived by the archaeologist Hamilton. 

Mohamed Abdel-Hadi, Deputy Project Director, affirmed that the aim of the project is to develop the academic level, especially for the engineering students, stating that these projects in the virtual reality technology will open prospects in the work of virtual reality, raise the academic level and  introduce perceptions of any future designs that suit the environment and man. He pointed out that the creation of virtual reality of Hisham's Palace would avoid problems and obstacles that affect the environment. He added the project will be submitted to the UNESCO and international conferences for adoption.