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Facts about 3D imaging with 3DPetrie and UCL CEGe (3DIMPact) - FAQ

You are on this page because

  1. you would like to create 3D images of objects in the Petrie Museum collection and/or other UCL Museum collection 
  2. you would like permission to use our 3D image data;
  3. you would like to discuss a potential collaborative 3D imaging project with us;
  4. you would like to know what 3D imaging equipment and software we have available;
  5. you would like general information about 3D imaging in museums 

FAQ 1: You would like to create 3D images of objects in the Petrie Museum collection and/or other UCL Museum collection?

The Petrie Museum and UCL Museums support collections based research within UCL and externally. (Research services at the Petrie http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie/research/research-services and UCL Museum wide http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/research/resources )

If your project involves 3D imaging, you will be asked to fill in this request form to tell us about your project, methodology and objectives (e.g. PhD research, publication, replica or 3D printing). Your request will be reviewed by the appropriate museum/departmental staff and we would aim to respond within 28 working days. Please note that you might be asked to contribute to the 3D object collection at UCL Petrie/ UCL Museums by providing us with your raw and 3D model data.

Please download the form, fill it in and send it back to 3Dpetrie (at) ucl.ac.uk (please replace (at) with @ ).

FAQ2: You would like permission to use our 3D image data?

We are currently considering the issue. Please let us know your request through our contact form.

FAQ3: You would like to discuss a potential collaborative 3D imaging project with us?

We are happy to consider possible collaborations with other cultural heritage, 3D imaging, academic research or public access groups and organizations. We are also, resources permitting, willing to provide a 3D imaging service for external projects if the objectives are consistent with our research aims and museum strategy. We would, in addition, consider any commercial partnerships that might be appropriate for our aims and strategy. However, we are not at present (May 2014) able to take on purely commercial projects, for example to produce museum merchandise, although we may be able to consider your request in the future on an ‘as and when’ basis. Please revisit our website for updates concerning this.

If you are interested in exploring a possible collaboration, you are invited to submit a request or research proposal. Our steering group will review your request/proposal and we would aim to provide a response within 28 working days. Please download our 3D imaging request form , fill it in with facts you need to include in your research request. Please send it to 3dpetrie (at) ucl.ac.uk (replace (at) with @)

Please be advised that we would not generally consider work for private individuals.

FAQ 4: You would like to know what 3D imaging equipment and software we have available?

UCL 3DPetrie and UCL CEGE currently have the following equipment available for 3D imaging: High quality Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion, high resolution 3D colour laser scanning, handheld touch probe scanning and 3D laser scanning for medium sized objects, Terrestrial laser scanners for interior and exterior building size scanning.

For 3D laser scanning we use the proprietary software packages by the manufacturers. We use in-house software for photogrammetry computations (more information please see http://www.geomsoft.com/VMS/ ). For Structure from Motion we use packages such as Agisoft, CMVS/PMVS/Bundler and VisualSFM.

FAQ 5: You would like general information about 3D imaging in museums?

UCL CEGE and UCL 3D Petrie cannot give advice on cost of equipment by specific manufacturers.

You are directed to visit the following sources for information if you would like to learn more about 3D imaging technologies (for cultural heritage)

1. The Science of 3D (Digital Scholarly Resource), particularly Chapter 3. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/science-of-3d/

2. Publications related to our team’s 3D imaging activities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie/research/research-projects/3dpetrie/publications

3. The JISC Digital 3D Content InfoKit http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/infokit/3d/3d-home and the JISC Digital Media blog http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/reflections-on-3d-scanning

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