Exploring the 3D-Icons Project @DigitalHeritage 2013


Robert Shaw presenting Discovery Programme's work on recording Ireland’s Early Christian monuments using aerial and terrestrial laser scanning

The 3D-ICONS project organised the “Exploring the 3D-Icons Project on Thursday October 31, 2013.  The workshop was hosted at the Digital heritage International Congress 2013 in the spectacular surroundings of the newly built Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) in Marseille, France.

The workshop was designed to introduce the 3D-ICONS Project to the wider research community and explore the digitisation pipeline developed as part of the project. This pipeline exploits and integrates existing tools and methods which enable the capture, modelling description and publication of 3D cultural heritage content on the web. The project pipeline themes of capture, model, describe and publish also informed the structure for the workshop sessions to provide a narrative structure for the audience.

The first session provided two case studies on the use of 3D documentation technologies for archaeological and architectural monuments, focusing on the application of terrestrial laser scanning as a suitable technology. These included:

  • The documentation of the Tomb of King David Hall, presented by Kyriaki Yiakoupi, The Cyprus Institute (STARC)
  • Recording Ireland’s Early Christian monuments using aerial and terrestrial laser scanning, presented by Robert Shaw, The Discovery Programme, Ireland

For session two, the workshop changed scale and three presentations were given on 3D documentation of artefacts and architectural detail utilising a range of digitisation

Anthony Corns presenting 3D ICONS at the workshop

Anthony Corns presenting 3D ICONS at the workshop

technologies including close range scanning and structure from motion (SFM) imagery.  Presentations given:

  • Artefacts and architectural detail of St. Michael Romano-Catholic Cathedral, presented by Nicolae Corina, Romanian National History Museum, Romania
  • Iberian sculptures from the Museum of Jaen using 3D scanning and photography, presented by Anna Sánchez, University of Jaén, Spain
  • Quick museum artefacts digitization in 3D-ICONS, presented by Sara Gonizzi Barsanti, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy

Session three continued through the digitisation pipeline to discuss how rich metadata can be effectively created and modelled to provide information on the processing and creation of the 3D objects and the heritage object which they represent.

  • Quality control: Paradata within the 3D-ICONS project, presented by Fabio Remondino, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Italy
  • Developing and applying the CARARE metadata schema for 3D documentation, presented by  Andrea D’Andrea, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Italy

Finally, session four discussed several of the issues when discussing the use and reuse of 3D cultural heritage content including online access and intellectual property rights.

  • 3D World Heritage at your fingertips: what to expect? Online solutions to the delivery of 3D data in cultural heritage, presented by Daniel Pletinckx, Visual Dimension bvba, Belgium
  • Potential usage of 3D data and IPR issues, presented by Sheena Basset, MDR Partners, UK
Participants at the 3D ICONS workshop held during Digital Heritage 2013

Participants at the 3D ICONS workshop held during Digital Heritage 2013

The workshop was well received and was very well attended, with every available seat at the venue taken up by a congress member. The ability of the venue to provide refreshments half way during the workshop in the same room enabled the audience and speakers to continue the discussion of the project.