3-D Photography

Jackie.Hall | March 2, 2012

At the recent project meeting, Paul Bryan, one of our project partners from English Heritage showed us a number of the 3-D techniques that he has been working with. The most exciting one was simply using ten or so photos of an object or building, sending them off to a (free!) piece of software in the cloud, and waiting a short time for it to come back as a 3-D virtual model. Here’s one that Paul showed us . This opens up all sorts of possibilities for presentation or research. Perhaps low level aerial photographs could be used to create a model of the entire priory, as it exists now. Or details could be used as handy aide memoires.

In the case of the little video clip that Paul’s already made, this is brilliant for me as a buildings archaeologist. It’s one of the areas that is structurally very complicated, but also liturgically important. That means I want to work out what’s going on in the structure – where there has been rebuilding after rebuilding after rebuilding – to see how that contributes to the way the space was used by the monks and by their patrons, the Howards. Because of the complexity, 2-D pictures just don’t cut it at all, so if I can’t get to the priory, 3-D photography really is the next best thing.

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