The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation is a partnership between Historic Environment Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art, set up to deliver innovative digital heritage projects. The team members first started using an Artec MHT scanner way back in 2011 (supplied by Artec Gold Reseller Central Scanning) while working on the Scottish Ten Project. This involved digitally documenting Scotland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and international heritage sites, including Mount Rushmore and the Sydney Opera House, to generate 3D data to help in their conservation, management and interpretation.
The site is adorned with over 400 intricately carved sandstone figures of Hindu deities.
One of the international sites was the wonderful 1,000-year-old stepwell of Rani ki Vav in Gujarat, India. This was the first project where the Artec scanner really proved invaluable. The site is adorned with over 400 intricately carved sandstone figures of Hindu deities. While the team worked with terrestrial laser scanners to capture the stepwell and its context, they worked for a solid two weeks with the MHT to record the detail of as many sculptures as they could at high resolution. The MHT was the perfect scanner for the job and produced some fantastic data. It thereafter became a permanent tool in their 3D toolkit. The team was really thrilled when their work at Rani ki Vav contributed in part to the site being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.
While the team worked with terrestrial laser scanners to capture the stepwell and its context, they worked for a solid two weeks with the MHT to record the detail of as many sculptures as they could at high resolution.
The team is systematically recording Antonine Wall and German Limes objects for the ALApp project to create an interactive location-based augmented reality app for the northernmost Frontier of the Roman Empire. Content will be added to this over the next few years thanks to the Creative Europe funding, but the app can be downloaded now for free with information for the first sites: Google Play / iTunes
For the project, they recently digitally recorded some amazing statues of Mars and Venus in a museum in Munich.
Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager at Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation, notes that “Artec 3D scanners and software let us quickly and accurately generate 3D models for the cultural heritage sites and artefacts we work on, helping us to share and disseminate. Artec 3D data really does allow us to bring our history to life!”
The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation hope to continue working with Central Scanning and Artec3D scanners for the foreseeable future and look forward to evaluating the Artec Leo to further enhance their capabilities.
Case study written by Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager, Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation LLP.