Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2023.


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Kai Lukoff


This senior design project aims to explore the use of digital twins of physical spaces to capture the social feel of a space and in the process turning that space into a place, in order to truly convey ‘what it’s like’ to be somewhere. However, existing digital twins of physical spaces often fail to capture the social meaning and behaviors that turn a space into a place. This project aims to address this problem by using spatial capture technology to create a 3D model digital twin of the Santa Clara University campus and using it as a foundation for exploring the past, present, and future of social life on campus.

To achieve this, the team has completed initial scans of parts of the campus, conducted user research, recruited students to be tour guides and storytellers, and created their initial storyboards. Additionally, the scans were further expanded upon in order to to develop the digital twin of the Santa Clara University campus that explores its potential for capturing social meaning and behaviors from physical spaces into 3D digital places. This includes incorporating the student narratives into the digital scans themselves and refining the virtual tour experience with a variety of embedded assets and interactives.