14 February 2013: 3D Petrie exhibition in the news '3DEncounters: Where Science meets Heritage at UCL-Qatar'

14 February 2013

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UCL Qatar released a press release of the new exhibition on campus, designed by Petrie3D.

The inaugural 3D exhibition has also been mentioned in the local press.



To learn more about the project visit our new 3DPetrie Project Website or our 3DPetrie exhibitions site.

With the support of its commercial partner, Arius3D, UCL has helped improve the way 3D laser scanning technology can replicate heritage materials as well as develop end-user applications using 3D images. This exhibition presents these prototypes applications to the public for the first time. How it works At the exhibition visitors can try out the 3D technology themselves and handle virtual images of historical treasures. The public are invited to do this through a series of interactive activities that combine 3D images with immersive technologies such as heightened reality and gesture recognition. For example, one interactive visualisation transports visitors to an archaeological site in Egypt where they are able to select 3D replica artefacts to pick up and inspect. Visitors can also try their hands at restoring an ancient mummy mask through a touch screen interactive image that allows them to choose and test different facial features. Another interactive option offers a 3D image of a skull that archaeologists believe is that of an ancient ruler named Inti. Visitors can then build layers of muscles, veins and skin on to the ruler’s skull via touch screen animation to see what Inti might have looked like. Tonya Nelson, UCL Petrie Museum Manager, explained: “The goal has always been to create a 3D image library of the entire Petrie collection, so that it can be made available online to anyone who is interested. However, the real value comes from other institutions doing the same, so that all the world’s collections are available in one large virtual museum. My hope is that this exhibition will inspire other museums to start 3D imaging programmes of their own.” UCL Qatar is working in partnership with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority to develop a new generation of cultural heritage professionals within Qatar, having launched Master’s degree programs in museum studies, archaeology and conservation in September 2012. The exhibition’s 3D technology will greatly enhance students’ ability to gain an in depth understanding of ancient artefacts through virtual presentation that brings them back to life. Members of the public can view the exhibition at UCL Qatar, housed on the second floor of the Georgetown University Building at Hamad bin Khalifa University, in Education City during working hours, from 8am to 5pm

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