Resources and Events

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ICS Summer School 2021: 3D Imaging and Modelling for Classics and Cultural Heritage (Spots are now full- accepting names for waitlist)

Dates: July 5–9, 2021 (Delivered online; most activities asynchronous.)

Charge: £450 / £250 unwaged and unfunded

Tutors: Gabriel Bodard (ICS, London) & Alicia Walsh (Recollection Heritage)

https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24083

The course will introduce you to issues, methods and technologies in the 3D imaging and modelling of ancient artefacts and buildings. Through a hybrid mix of discussion and practical training, you will learn about imaging of heritage objects.

You will have the opportunity to put into practice the method of photogrammetry, the production of a 3D model from multiple still photographs of an object. You will also gain experience with an easy-to-use 3D design tool, for creating reconstructions of lost historical buildings or monuments. Both sets of technologies will be presented within a theoretical and methodological framework, thinking about 3D modelling alongside best practice, preservation, ethical and legal issues.

Drawing on the expertise of the Institute of Classical Studies and nearby museums, this course is suitable for students, archaeologists, teachers and anyone else with an interest. We would love to hear if you had a project in mind that you would like to work towards, but all sessions will be accessible to complete beginners.


Photogrammetry Tutorial

This video was produced through SunoikisisDC in collaboration with Dr. Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies) and Kelly McClinton (Indiana University). We give an introduction to 3D imaging, two case studies, and a tutorial on photogrammetry using Agisoft Metashape. Recommended readings and a practical exercise on photogrammetry can be found at https://github.com/SunoikisisDC/SunoikisisDC-2020-2021/wiki/CH1-3D-Imaging


3D Printing & Publishing in 3D Tutorial

Session 7 of this Spring’s Sunoikisis Digital Cultural Heritage brought Thomas Flynn (Cultural Heritage Lead at Sketchfab) and Dr. Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University). We provided an overview on 3D printing, publishing 3D models online through Sketchfab, and the Intellectual Property implications of both. Recommended readings and practical exercise can be found at https://github.com/SunoikisisDC/SunoikisisDC-2020-2021/wiki/CH7-Publishing-3D


3D Modelling and Blender Tutorial

The 9th and final session of SunoikisisDC 2021 was provided by myself, Dr. Gabriel Bodard (ICS), Dr. Chiara Piccoli (University of Amsterdam), and Vasiliki Lagari (Leiden University). We provided a general introduction to 3D modelling and its potentials for Archaeology and Heritage, followed by a case study on modelling a 17th century library in Amsterdam. V. Lagari provided us with a tutorial on converting 2D illustrations to 3D models using Blender. The exercise and recommended readings can be found at https://github.com/SunoikisisDC/SunoikisisDC-2020-2021/wiki/CH9-3D-Modelling


Meshroom Photogrammetry Tutorial

Meshroom is a free and open access photogrammetry software that can be downloaded at alicevision.org. In this tutorial, I show the basic workflow for processing a photogrammetric model, as well as using the decimate tool to simplify your model.

3D Isolation Creations

In March, I had gone to Philadelphia to work at the Penn Museum for one month, in order to 3D scan a collection. The coronavirus had been spreading, but it hadn’t gotten to the point of total panic yet in Europe and North America (at least in my circle). However, a week into my contract, things changed drastically and quickly, and every morning I would wake up to a new damage report. Luckily, I had a friend in Philly who was living down the street from me, but I still did not want to be stuck in the USA, and I especially did not want to get sick there. I started working at double speed, trying to get as much done as I could incase I was no longer able. 

Two weeks into my contract, the museum shut down, I frantically changed my flight (thanks to Aer Lingus’ Twitter customer service) and flew home on St. Patrick’s Day. With a DIY mask made from tape and a surgical dressing, I took the two flights back to Leiden. Thanks to some very helpful friends, I started my 14 day quarantine.

As a way to occupy this time, keep creative, and continue improving my modelling skills, I started Isolation Creations, a concept inspired by some very talented artists on Instagram. I built a digital diary of sorts by 3D modelling items (sometimes loosely) significant to my time during lockdown. It has become my ‘3D museum of random items found around the house during the Covid-19 pandemic’. 

I- Vintage chocolate tin

Edmondson’s Liverpool Famous Toffee & Delicious Chocolates. Unfortunately, the chocolates were long gone.

II- Toilet Paper

There will be a lot of things I will remember of this time, but the fact that the was a global shortage of toilet paper due to stockpiling will remain one of the weirdest.

III- Garden Remains

I had spent one weekend gardening as a distraction, to enjoy the sun while confined at home, and to thank my friends for letting me quarantine at their house. This model came from the remains of a hydrangea bush that I pruned to make room for the new blossoms. Plants are difficult to scan because there is so much movement and underlying surface area, but I love the mesh and texture it creates.

IV: Social Distancing

This day’s creation was a very random object found around the house. Based on one of the Dutch Government’s restrictions on the fight against this virus, no social gatherings were permitted until at least June 1st, 2020. As I write this now nearing July, restrictions have eased significantly in the Netherlands, and I have been able to see friends, but the 1.5 meter distance rule rightly still applies.

V- Garden Remains II

This was another attempt at 3D scanning botanicals. These require more post-processing than other materials, which I usually do using Meshlab.

VI- Food Delivery

This little toy truck served as good reminder of how thankful we all are for those working hard to keep grocery stores running, and for delivering to those unable to leave their houses. A year ago, I never would have thought I would be wearing a face mask at the grocery store, or wiping down all my groceries with alcohol wipes.

VII- Home

This day’s creation represented one of my favourite things- coffee. It was also an indicator that I came out of the 14-day quarantine and returned back home to my partner (who makes the best coffee). We had made the decision before I returned from Philly that it would be unsafe to quarantine in a small apartment, risking getting the other sick. Luckily, I never contracted the virus, but better safe than sorry!

VIII- Education

This model symbolized my present and future. This pocket knife was a gift from Leiden University at my graduation ceremony. I was really lucky to have been able to attend my ceremony in February, and have my family fly over to attend as well. Although the coronavirus was a very real threat in many parts of the world already, it had yet to enter our minds how much would change in the weeks following.

When I originally uploaded this model, I was very uncertain about what the future was going to bring, considering the economy and job market will be poor when this is all over. Writing this now, I’m excited to be starting out in my freelance career, and am looking forward to all the opportunities this may bring.

IX- Banana

I was definitely starting to run out of ideas for this.

X- Archaeologist

This is one of many trowels I have owned and has served me well on multiple excavations. Some dirt is still caked on! Luckily the blade is well worn, and not so shiny anymore, making the scanning much easier.

XI- Travel Souvenirs

This modern replica Phoenician glass vessel was gifted to me in 2018 by a coworker when we were both working as archaeological illustrators in Israel. I sometimes use it to practice drawing, while I wait for the time when I can get back in the field, see more beautiful places, and study their material culture.

XII- Diary

I bought this diary at a little book store in Santorini (there were cats napping among the books and I loved every second of being there). It has mostly served as a travel journal, but sometimes I use it to document other significant moments. I haven’t gotten around to writing about my experiences during this pandemic, but eventually I will so that I have something to look back on later. Until then, this 3D diary will serve.