In almost every town and village there are monuments of regional and national importance
Probably every place that has a school also has such relics from bygone times:
Statues, memorial stones, houses, cemeteries, bridgeheads, baptismal fonts, and so on ...
The steady decay, wind and rain and, unfortunately, also vandalism, put these centuries-old cultural treasures under severe strain.
Inscriptions fade, details wash out, tombstones are knocked over and damaged.
The responsible municipalities do not have the means to preserve all the objects and so these objects fade and disappear irretrievably.
Time is of the essence - the status quo must be maintained.
Digital preservation in the form of digital twins.
With the means of photogrammetry, high-precision three-dimensional digital twins of historical relics of all sizes can be created cost-effectively.
Photogrammetry is an art and technology that touches and connects the subjects of photography, 3d and game design, virtual reality and computer science.
In a photogrammetry project, photos are taken of an object 100e from different perspectives, from which detailed, photo-realistic 3D models of the object are then created with the aid of the computer.
These 3D models can be experienced interactively on the web, in apps and in virtual reality.
Today, photogrammetry is used intensively in the areas of architecture, archeology, virtual reality, gaming and art.
But how do you cope with the sheer mass of relics? How do you achieve the digitization of these thousands upon thousands of objects?
A centrally organized recording of the objects is not possible for organizational and cost reasons.
The digital preservation must be decentralized and cost-effective.
Project days for the digital recording of cultural assets
- Together with a teacher, we run project days on the subject of photogrammetry for the digital preservation of monuments.
- pragmatic introduction to photography, photogrammetry, 3D content, RealityCapture and Sketchfab
- During the project days, the students capture monuments from the region with the cameras on their smartphones and transform them into high-resolution 3D models
- These 3D objects are on the platform Skechfab.com published.
- In addition, replicas of these 3D models can be created with the help of a 3D printer.
- At the end of the project days, the students are able to independently create digital three-dimensional twins of any objects
- Specifically, the students can create three-dimensional digital twins of objects that can be used for restoration, used in computer games, and shared on social channels such as Sketchfab or blogs.
In this way, the status quo of endangered monuments can be digitally and permanently preserved in a decentralized manner.
In return, the students get a deep insight into the area of "3D content" which is increasingly relevant.
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