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3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects


The giant Column of Jupiter in Ladenburg, Germany.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology researchers are using contact-free digitization techniques to create three-dimensional models of archeological artifacts.

Credit: m-ladenburg.de

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany are employing contact-free digitization techniques to produce three-dimensional (3D) models of archeological artifacts as part of the HEiKA MUSIEKE cultural heritage project.

The KIT team used a commercially available camera to take about 800 photos of the Jupiter Column of Ladenburg. Once uploaded to a computer, characteristic features of the column in the different images were identified and interlinked to yield a 3D model. The model magnifies elements that were previously barely visible to the human eye.

The KIT researchers also use photogrammetry and digitization techniques.

"In production or in the construction sector in particular, objects have to be measured in a contact-free, automatic, and rapid way," says KIT's Thomas Vogtle. "Cameras and digitization are very valuable tools for this purpose."

From Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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