The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is therefore a building of superb beauty dating back almost one thousand years, with an absolutely unique feature: it is “the other original”, an almost exact copy of the church at Montecassino which, as is well known, was destroyed by bombing during World War II and subsequently rebuilt. The two buildings differ only in the number of naves: Montecassino has five, while Sessa Aurunca has three. The Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is one of the infinite “pearls” of Italian artistic heritage. Indeed, it stands out for its beauty and historical significance: despite the changes made over the centuries (Baroque and eighteenth-century additions), the cathedral still bears direct witness to the typical religious architecture of the period, combining structural rigour, Christian symbolism and a number of refined Byzantine-style elements (such as the splendid mosaic floor).
Despite its obvious significance, the Sessa Aurunca Cathedral is not well-known among the general public and is overlooked by “traditional” tourist flows. For this reason, the diocese and the municipality of Sessa Aurunca in the Campania region of Italy decided to launch the “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project”, a communications project designed to promote the Cathedral and provide the associated services and products.
The “Sessa Aurunca 3D Project” has several goals and is broken down into seven specific points that will explore new frontiers within the world of communications: the publication of academic and scientific reports and articles; the organisation of conventions, seminars and events; the production of stereoscopic 3D animations and videos, with the creation of a You- Tube channel and dedicated videos; the creation of a “360-degree Virtual Tour” with a database and “multidata” to “explore” the Cathedral using computers and mobile devices; the creation of thematic apps and a website; and the production of a “docu-film” about the project and the technologies used. Regarding this last aspect, Danilo Prosperi observed: “Part of the success of this initiative can be attributed to the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner, an extremely precise device that we used to scan the Cathedral’s architecture, which provided us with a point cloud or, more precisely, digital data that we were able to use in our various activities.” The data acquisition phase involved 38 scans made inside and outside the church, including the crypt, and took just over half a day. “The quality of the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner enabled us to acquire extremely high-resolution and high-precision images with very low margins of error, which was fundamental for the scanning of extremely beautiful details, such as the mosaic floor, the ambo, the spiral Paschal candelabrum and the crypt on the lower level.”
The data gathered was then processed in SCENE, the FARO software for the management of scanned data, designed specifically for the Focus3D. This software was used to create and edit videos and images for the 3D Virtual Tours of the Cathedral. “SCENE,” Danilo Prosperi specified, “allows us to easily process the scanned data and quickly generate particularly complex high-resolution equirectangular panoramic images”. Danilo Prosperi stressed: “We believe that the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner is the best technology on the market, not only due to its extreme precision, but also because it is so flexible, fast and easy to use. In fact, it is a compact instrument that is very lightweight and easy to move from one scanning position to another.” He concluded: “The collaboration between FARO and the Master’s in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy at the European University of Rome has only just begun. Given the quality of the results, we plan to use the FARO Focus3D Laser Scanner in the future for other projects aimed at promoting highly important monumental sites of great beauty.”
Work has begun at the Jersey Museum in St Helier, Jersey to separate 70,000 Celtic coins which were discovered in 2012 by two metal detectorists Richard Miles and Reg Mead.
Valued at between £7million and £14million, the hoard is the world’s largest Celtic coin discovery. Thought to have been buried by a tribe fleeing from Julius Caesar’s army around 50BC, the collection of coins is now being worked on in public view at the Jersey Museum. For the past two years the heritage team have been carefully documenting the coin hoard in preparation for seperating the coins bit-by-bit.
But where does FARO come in?
Archaeologists have been using a FARO Edge ScanArm to scan the coins, in order to create 3D imagery and identify patterns in the coins from thousands of years ago! This means that the surface of the coin collection can be scanned before and during work for documentation purposes.
Due to the importance of this work, the Archaeologists at Jersey Museum must carefully pull the hoard apart one coin at a time. This makes the task extremely difficult and the FARO ScanArm will prove essential in aiding Jersey Heritage in the documentation of the 2,000 or so year old find.
For the full BBC article click here!
Our morning at the Abbey was full of exciting stuff with 3 power speeches in the Florianstadl featuring industry experts on:
• Large 3D Scan Documentation in Retail
• Laser Scanning Gomantong Cave: creation of the world’s most complex photorealistic cave model
• An Airbus experience: 3D modelling in part environment
The 4th edition of the annual 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 will take place 3-4 April at the beautiful Andechs Monastery in Germany.
It is the ideal event for professionals, who are interested in the application of 3D Documentation to improve productivity and save costs, in the following areas:
– Structural engineering
– Cultural Heritage
– Forestry and agriculture
– Mining and tunnel construction
– Processes and Manufacturing Industries
– Quality control
– Crime scenes, accident and danger zones documentation
3D Documentation is suitable for a wide range of applications: for quick and reliable recording of existing structures or damaged buildings, for surveying and archiving monuments, at archaeological excavations, in plant construction and in forensic reconstruction and much more.
Following the successful concept of the previous years, the 3D Documentation User Meeting 2014 for laser scanning and 3D Documentation will have a strong focus on:
NETWORKING – During the event there will be plenty of opportunities for the participants to establish networks, e.g. with special activities during the breaks.
LEARNING SESSIONS – Participants can expect to also find comprehensive presentations on the latest hardware and software solutions from FARO and its development partners.
POWER SPEECHES – Keynotes by renowned professionals and power speeches by industry experts deliver a real insight into the changing world of 3D documentation using the latest technologies.
WORKSHOPS – The meeting offers a strong focus on hands-on workshops to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between users and interested parties of the various systems and technologies.
3D EXHIBITION – Get to meet FARO’s 3rd party partners, who will showcase their latest 3D Documentation products on a specific exhibition area.
Take the chance to get new impressions and make new contacts. Please register here.
Museum visitors in Stockholm will soon be able to explore a real Egyptian mummy in a virtual autopsy that combines three scanning technologies for a ground-breaking new level of realism.
Since archaeologists first dared to enter the pyramids, the public has been fascinated by the exploration of relics from ancient Egypt. Now visitors to the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities – Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm will be able to virtually peel away the layers and actually look inside real mummies that have been carefully guarded for more than 4’000 years.
The experience will be powered by Inside Explorer, a tool developed by Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. Thomas Rydell, Studio Director at Interactive Institute, heads the team of visualisation and interaction software specialists behind the project. He says “The ‘Inside Explorer’ system is already in use in a number of museums, but the textural detail of the mummy exhibit due to open in early 2014 is unprecedented.”
The mummy was taken to a hospital for a Computer Tomography (CT) scan, which provided volumetric information of the inside of the mummy. But CT scans do not provide sufficient surface detail. This is where FARO stepped in to help.
A FARO Edge ScanArm was used for the 3-day mummy scanning session, which was conducted by members of the Interactive Institute team and Autodesk: “We are software engineers and not measuring experts but we were able to use the FARO hardware almost immediately,” says Rydell. “FARO came in to help us get started and to check a few things that we might have otherwise missed.” The members of the team were swapping roles all the time and taking photogrammetric images, “so the ease of use and mobility of the FARO device was a huge enabler,” explains Rydell.
Now, with the mummies safely locked away to protect them from UV or physical damage, post processing is underway. Autodesk reality computing software is being used to create detailed textured meshes from the regular 2D photos and the cloud-point data.
The volumetric data from CT scanning and the textured mesh data from the surface scanning will then be combined in Inside Explorer, Interactive Institute’s own real time rendering software, creating an accurate digital representation of the mummy. Museum researchers or visitors will then be able to use simple gestures to explore the mummy as a whole, zoom in to see fine detail or go below the surface. “Thanks to the 3D scans of the surface, we have the possibility to get enough surface resolution to establish a powerful and realistic first impression,” says Rydell.
Users can also remove the sarcophagus, peel away the layers and explore the inside of the exhibit.
Premiere succeeded – our fair-team came back from INTERGEO in Essen with this conclusion. The undisputed star of the international trade fair for geodesy was the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330.
The FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330 with its phenomenal range of up to 330 meters (video from Bridge Scan: http://youtu.be/rRLTUrs80Zw) is especially suitable for outdoor use.
Scancopter is in the Air
Another eye-catcher on FARO’s booth was the Scancopter, with which scans from the bird’s eye view are possible. It offers exciting and unusual views. They were able to convince visitors on the stand and also in an outdoor area. This scanning while flying is only possible in combination with the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, because of its low weight. When the laser scanner goes up in the air, even hard to reach places are suddenly
visible and can be detected accurately.
At this point, as already presented, we have our new SCENE WebShare Cloud. With it the exchange and management of large data is possible – even without server capacity. SCENE WebShare Cloud was visible at all times in the bustle of the fair at INTERGEO: stand visitors gladly took the white cloud-balloons, making them float along the entire fairground.
This image is part of a digitization project which includes more than 100,000 scans that were collected with the FARO Focus3D laser scanner.
Three months of hard work have enabled Actual Foncier Topographie (AFT), a company specialised in surveying, to scan the Palace of Versailles to create a digital platform for a 3D virtual tour of the prestigious interiors and gardens. It is now possible to take a virtual tour of the Château de Versailles via Google Earth.
AFT was commissioned by Google to scan Versailles and turn its magnificent facades and roofs, luxurious interior and its beautiful gardens and fountains into a 3D model. Virtually cross the Hall of Mirrors or walk through the beautiful gardens. It’s really remarkable.
Here’s a YouTube video to give you an idea…
ATS AB bought 7 units of the laser scanner Focus3D X 330 to support one of their main fields of work: 3D scanning of tunnels, bridges and other constructions.
Rolf Berlin, the CTO of ATS AB, says: “With the extra-long range and outdoor performance of the Focus3D X 330 a complete new application areas open up.”
The new scanner was for example used to scan the Älvborgsbron in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The whole 800m long bridge was scanned from only a few positions! “We are really excited to be the first company to offer this cutting-edge product in the Scandinavian countries”.
About ATS AB
ATS AB was founded in 1990. The company is marketing laser based 1D-2D-3D distance measurement instruments and systems for industrial applications. Key systems are different types of guidance, docking and navigation systems.
Since 1997 the company offers 2D & 3D high-accuracy scanning solutions in tunneling, mining, constructions, buildings and automotive & process industry. ATS AB provides scanning solutions of small and large objects for both reverse engineering and analysis purpose.
More info: http://ats.se/
In our previous blog post we promised a spectacular novelty and actually, we have more than one to share with you.
At the INTERGEO fair in Essen (GE) FARO presents today the new Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330. A scanner that not only scans objects up to 330 meters away but in direct sunlight too.
With its integrated GPS receiver, the Focus3D X 330 is able to correlate individual scans in post-processing making it ideal for surveying based applications.
As always, the 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used software solutions for accident reconstruction, architecture, civil engineering, construction, forensics, industrial manufacturing and land surveying.
FARO also introduces a cloud-based hosting solution for worldwide data-sharing: SCENE Webshare Cloud.
The SCENE WebShare Cloud solution is a service directly hosted by FARO that allows users to store 3D documentation data on the “cloud.” Scanned projects can be quickly viewed and shared with different project partners.
It is no longer necessary to install software on your own computer. SCENE WebShare Cloud guarantees quality and security and the system supports mobile devices with an adapted user interface.
At our booth B3.005 (Hall 3) you can attend so-called Power Speeches on the following topics:
• The new FARO Focus3D X 330: scanning at 330 metres in direct sunlight
• SCENE Webshare Cloud: Sharing without limits
• Versailles Scanning with the Focus3D
• Airborne Focus3D live!
We look forward to welcoming you!
The ambitious goal of the international non-profit organization CyArk is to collect 500 World Heritage sites in 5 years to document and preserve them. The start is on 20 October 2013 at the venerable Tower of London, UK.
Worldwide, the monuments of world heritage are at risk – due to natural disasters, sun, wind and rain, fire, and human conflicts. The means to protect them are limited. However, modern technologies are opening up new ways to preserve these monuments for posterity: with digital laser technology, 3D documentation and modern High Dynamic Range Photography. As a competent partner FARO supports Cyark with its portable 3D measurement technology.
Official presentation of the project CyArk 500 Challenge is part of an international conference in October. CyArk’s founder Ben Kacyra will present the selection criteria and the first facilities that will be systematically captured.
In the practical part FARO presents the tremendous opportunities offered by the FARO Laser Scanner in the collection of historical and natural heritage sites. The compact and easy to handle FARO Laser Scanner Focus 3D generates detailed data in a matter of seconds which enables the generation of 360 degree-point clouds and 3D models. They provide important details for the restoration and scientific analysis or reconstruction of historical sites. How this is done, experts will show live at the event in London.
Current CyArk projects are also communicated on Facebook. Approximately 100 projects made the CyArk already publicly available – from the ancient Pompeii on the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, to the mountain range Mount Rushmore in South Dakota – now 500 more are to follow.