Category Archives: Animation

Finally a Reality: Real Problems, Virtual Solutions

In this TEDx talk, Dr. Paul Chapman, Deputy Director of the DDS, takes us on a journey describing how immersive systems, virtual reality, and computer graphics have progressed over the years. Paul also describes a ground-breaking international 3D scanning project and the creation of an immersive Battle of Bannockburn experience. This work is in collaboration with our colleagues at Historic Scotland.

Paul Chapman at TEDx Heriott Watt University

Post Graduate Degree Show at The Glasgow School of Art

A great chance to see some of the amazing work from this year’s MDes Sound for the Moving Image, MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy and MSc International Heritage Visualisation students at the GSA post-graduate degree show. Starting tomorrow (Saturday) and running until Friday the 12th of September. Also a good opportunity to explore the GSA’s fantastic new Reid building.

More details on the GSA website, here. Opening times as below:

Exhibition open to the public 6 – 12 September 2014

Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, last entry 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, last entry 4:30pm

The GSA’s Graduate Degree Show offers a public showcase for the full range of graduate work undertaken at the institution. The 2014 Graduate Degree Show will feature work by graduating students across a wide variety of disciplines across architecture, design, fine art and digital.

More details and image galleries at:

MDes Sound for the Moving Image

MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy

MSc International Heritage Visualisation

[Image credit: Anna Mikelsone, MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy, 2014]

Blacader Aisle… from scan to interactive 3D visualisation

Last term, students on the DDS’ MSc International Heritage Visualisation course worked as a team to scan the Blacader Aisle at Glasgow Cathedral (access arranged with thanks to Historic Scotland) and the surrounding area. 3D laser scanning (using a Leica C10) was performed over a few days, along with a lot of photography to try to obtain some high quality images for use for texture in the final visualisation.

Glasgow Cathedral point cloud
3D laser scan point cloud of Glasgow Cathedral

Students then worked in smaller groups to produce visualisations – this video highlights part of one interactive visualisation running in Unity3D. As well as being able to view the Aisle from different viewpoints, users can also interact with the visualisation to learn more about the windows and the carvings above them.

The aisle (and cathedral) building is incredibly irregular. For example, each window is unique – while all have a similar shape, no two have the same dimensions. The skirt of the aisle likewise has many complex forms.  By building this visualisation from data acquired with a 3D laser scanner, we are able to verify the detail to high degree of accuracy – which then has potential to allow models like this to find additional uses in conservation and preservation.

DDS on Vimeo (… and YouTube)

Over the years many videos work from the DDS has found their way online – it can be quite a task finding them across a range of sites.

Over the past few years, the DDS has been using a channel on Vimeo to publish videos – http://vimeo.com/ddsgsa. Here you can find a mix of student (and alumni) work from recent years.

Post Haunted - Student short film
MDes Sound for the Moving Image student work on Vimeo

The Glasgow School of Art itself publishes on Vimeo, at: http://vimeo.com/glasgowschoolofart – and there is also a DDS channel within this account – here. Currently this is where you’ll find promotional videos for our programmes and videos highlighting the DDS’ commercial and research visualisation work – such as from The Scottish Ten.

Over the next year we’ll see if we can move the videos from the DDS’ own channel over to The Glasgow School of Art Vimeo account. On top of these accounts, however, there are also videos of student work uploaded by students themselves – such as this channel created by animation students some years ago: http://vimeo.com/channels/gsa

And lastly… there is also a DDS channel on YouTube. The focus of this last channel will be on instructional video for current students, but it will also act as a secondary location for posting content (after all, browsing YouTube is how a lot of folk find things). You can find us on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GSADDS/