The first post of this year refers to a completed project late last year … The project called Ecclesiology3D and has been part of the course AFF622: Digital Heritage: Theories, Methods and Challenges as part of the MA in Digital Humanities in the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The course coordinator was Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos. The goal of this project was to select, capture, design and carry out an effective workflow for 3D recording cultural heritage projects including the capturing, processing, online publishing, 3D printing and finally writing a report. The museum with which we cooperated was the National Science and Ecclesiology Museum, St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth. Αt this point, I would like to thank, on behalf of all the team, the curator Dr Niall McKeith for his help.
The captured objects are the following:
- Altar Stone
- Egyptian Ushabti
- St Cecilia Statuette
- The Empress of Austria Vestments
- The “Power” Ciborium
- Votive Offering One
- Votive Offering Two
- Votive Offering Three
- Wooden Cross
We used the method of photogrammetry and 3d laser scanning. For the former were used cameras, tripods, light boxes and lighting; for the latter were used the NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner. The equipment was transported and set up on the morning of the objects capturing.
About the photogrammetry workflow, the quality of images was assessed prior to undertaking digital reconstruction to ensure best data was used during this phase. Those that were not suitable for inclusion in the project were omitted, such as blurry images, overexposed images and poor overlapping. Some photographs had to be processed in Adobe Photoshop to improve the colour of objects that were not properly captured due to poor lighting in the museum.
About the 3d scanning workflow, only two items recording with the 3d laser scanner. The first was the Ivory Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It scanned from the both of the sides, front and back, and also from the top and the bottom, but because of the many folds of the item, it could be possible to capture correctly. The Old Altar Stone was the second item and also more successfully. It scanned in position 360o and during the capturing procedure there was not a specific problem.
For more information, you can follow the project in Twitter @Ecclesiology3D
and see the final results in Sketchfab https://sketchfab.com/NUIM_CallanMuseum/models
Hope you like and enjoy the Ecclesiology3D project.
We are waiting for your opinion or questions.