The ViHAP3D project aims at preserving, presenting, accessing, and promoting cultural heritage by means of interactive, high-quality 3D graphics. Nearly all of our cultural heritage is inherently three-dimensional, and furthermore 3D computer graphics in conceived more and more as the most powerful medium for virtual representation of all kinds of complex data. Specifically, the project aims at the development of new tools in the following three problem areas:- 3D scanning for the acquisition of accurate and visually rich 3D models,- post-processing, data representation, and efficient rendering for the detailed interactive display and inspection of such models even on low cost platforms,- virtual heritage tools for the presentation and navigation in high-quality digital model collections.
The work is structured in seven work packages. The actual development work (WP 3 - WP 5) centres around the three areas mentioned above:
Work on 3D scanning (WP 3) will provide a complete, integrated high accuracy scanning system for small and medium-scale objects. The system will support acquisition of 3D shape, and at the same time capture and reconstruct surface attributes, such as texture and spatially varying reflection characteristics.
Work on post-processing, data representation, and efficient rendering (WP 4) will exploit mesh processing techniques, multi-resolution surfaces and surface attributes (texture, reflection) in combination with hardware-accelerated rendering.
Work on the development of virtual heritage tools (WP 5) will develop a set of virtual presentation tools for the presentation of cultural heritage model collections that can be used with off-the computer and graphics components. In addition there are work packages on project management (WP 1), functional specification (definition of the requirements and functional specification of the tools to be designed) (WP2), assessment of acquisition and presentation (WP 6) and information dissemination and take-up of results (WP 7).
3D Scanning: Scanner design and prototype, appearance acquisition algorithms, acquisition planning algorithms.
Post-Processing: data representation, efficient rendering: rendering algorithms, post processing and representation algorithms and tools.
Virtual heritage tools: first and second release.
Assessment: results from scanning system / presentation tools assessment.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts