Vera MOITINHO-DE-ALMEIDA, Austria | Dirk RIEKE-ZAPP, Germany | May 25, 2018 | 10 am

There is a growing trend towards 3D digital modelling of cultural heritage (CH) objects. The potential of 3D scanning and some of the advantages of working and conducting experiments with 3D digital models in the CH sector are already well-known. Documentation and archival, conservation monitoring, preservation and restoration, virtual reconstruction and reassembling, replicas, visualization, virtual reality, and dissemination are quite firmly established as some of the applications where 3D data capture can provide real benefits. Alongside to this, an increasing number of CH investigations has been using 3D data as a research tool.

a) 3D Digital repository of ancient Greek vases (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, scanned by IWR Uni Heidelberg); b) 3D+Multispectral imaging of an Attic black figure lekythos (Landesmuseum Kärnten, Klagenfurt); c) Automatic detection of inscriptions from the Rosetta Stone (The British Museum, London); d) Depth and thickness analysis of paintings (Kunstmuseum Winterthur); e) Micro-texture and manufacturing process investigation of Neolithic sculptures (Serra del Mas Bonet, Catalonia); f) Functional analysis of Neolithic bows, using FEA-FEM (La Draga, Catalonia) (© Vera Moitinho de Almeida)

In this session – “What to do with all the 3D data? Analyzing, Interpreting, Saving, Recycling” -, we would like to summarize concepts, to encourage critical evaluations of used approaches, and to spark the discussion on requirements and methods for 3D data analysis and interpretation of cultural heritage assets. Questions include, but are not limited to:

Why do you generate or (re)use 3D data?
What kind of data is required for your type and scale of scientific analysis?
What type of quantitative and/or qualitative analysis (e.g., acoustic, functional, morphological, simulation, statistical, structural, technological, thermal, visibility, volumetric) do you carry out on the 3D data to help answering your research questions?
How does the 3D data workflow determine the interpretation of the cultural heritage object or dataset?
How do you structure and save these data for long-term archiving and accessing?

So, if you are dealing with any aspect related to Analyzing, Interpreting, Saving, and Recycling 3D data in CH – with a special focus on those that go beyond the process of 3D documentation and simple visualisation –, we welcome you to submit a proposal to:

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