Group assignment objects that required recording.

Group Assignment Part 4: Finishing the Project & Final Thoughts (AFF-622)

This blog post is the last in a series and will be brief, detailing the concluding stages and thoughts regarding the group assignment. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Having created our 3D models in PhotoScan, we were able to export the OBJ and STL files. Using these, we were able to send the STL files to the library and have our 3D models printed out using a 3D printer. It was very satisfying to see our hard work pay off by having the 3D models available for our presentation and was a nice conclusion to our hard work.

In general, I think that the project itself was a success. We had achieved the aims we were presented with in the brief, chiefly recording and digitising the artefacts. I think that this could not have been done properly without dealing with each aspect of the project in as democratic and a fair way as possible. For that reason I must thank my colleagues Aveen Holland and John Chambers immensely, for I think that a great amount of patience and perseverance was required numerous times throughout the project. Our general working aesthetic may have been slightly more focused had we more rigidly followed a time-based working regimen, but I feel that given outside factors this was simply not realistic and overall we achieved our goals to the best of our abilities and the results did not suffer.

Broadly speaking, we had minor issues with some of the technologies; in general most processes took longer than we had planned for, but I feel that we were able to overcome most of the technical difficulties encountered. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Hyperspectral scanner gave us issues by sometimes freezing or needing to be restarted. Likewise, the camera software tended to slow down or need to be restarted after prolonged use. I think that PhotoScan and the RTI Builder were generally user-friendly, if  bit of tinkering was required. Learning and following the correct folder hierarchy was something that sticks out as being slightly tricky with the RTI Builder.

I think that small difficulties like these and the arduous nature of the capturing and processing stages of Photogrammetry were a great learning curve for the team in terms of project management and workflow, certainly for myself. I think that the skills we as a team gained over the course of the project are invaluable, and allowed us to complete the project with efficiency and diligence.

 

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rbreen

MA Digital Humanities student in An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University. BA Music from Maynooth University.

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