Category Archives: Heritage

Funded Masters Study

There are a number of places available for funded Masters study at the Digital Design Studio for study in 2015-16.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to try to secure these places!

On all programmes there are a number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) fee-waivers available – these cover the full costs of fees for Scottish (ordinarily resident in Scotland, not Scottish by birth!) and EU citizens. Additionally, there are a number of scholarships available – these vary, but mostly cover a portion of fees.

Notable this year are British Council supported GREAT scholarships which make a significant contribution to fees for students from India.

We currently still have limited funded places available on all of the Masters programmes:

You can learn more about the SFC funding here, and scholarships here.

DDS on the BBC World Service

A post by Daniel Livingstone, the DDS’ postgraduate programme leader

A few days ago I had the fantastic (and nerve-wracking) experience of live radio, on BBC Worldwide’s Click radio broadcast. And in front of a live audience in BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay headquaters! I sneakily took a photo of the audience before switching off my phone – just before the final group of audience members arrived. Standing room only at the back.

The audience, BBC Click
View of the audience at the live BBC Click recording

It felt like the programme was over almost as soon as it began – I had lots I wanted to say about the Scottish Ten and other DDS projects that I just didn’t manage. When pushed to answer in ten seconds how the data captured by the project is used, I somehow didn’t manage to give the example from Skara Brae, where Scottish Ten data from 2010 and data acquired by Historic Scotland in 2014 are being compared to help monitor the beach erosion that is threatening the site, and to help develop a management strategy to help protect this amazing world heritage site for future generations.

The podcast of the programme features some extra Q&A – and one of our PhD students, Jessica Argo, was able to discuss her project exploring the therapeutic use of ambisonic audio.

Getting to show the #bbcclickradio team around the DDS facilities before the programme was fun – and certainly less nerve-wracking. Gareth got to play with foley in the student recording studio, and then to experience a virtual Edinburgh in 3D – while only yards from BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters.

You can listen to the programme here, or download the podcast with extra content from here (Podcast available until 12th March 2015).

DDS – Building on Mackintosh

A little overdue, posting this diary from Dr Stuart Jeffrey, research fellow in International Heritage Visualisation at the Digital Design Studio…

In May, a fire destroyed some sections of The Glasgow School of Art’s A-listed Mackintosh Building.

In response, two symposia have been planned to address the entire range of issues surrounding the restoration of the building. The first symposium took place in the city of Venice last month, timed to coincide with the Venice architectural biennale , an ideal venue in which  to stress the international significance of Mackintosh as an architect and The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building in particular as an outstanding example of his work. It was also important for the symposia to have as broad an audience and set of contributors as possible and the biennale is already a major attraction for architects and architectural conservationists from around Europe and beyond.

My presentation was part of a series of 10 minute talks from an eclectic mix of speakers who gave a very broad range of perspectives. These talks set the tone for the symposium, making clear that all aspects of the fire and the School’s future response to it were open for discussion. Particularly successful in this regard was Kate Davidson, who opened the session by asking the audience to contemplate the psychological effects of grief and to consider the loss of the Mackintosh library in this context. This was followed by a range of scholarly and thoughtful presentations on topics such as the original construction processes, the reconstruction process, potential uses of the building in future and the place of artistic practice in planning a response.

I was given the opportunity to present to this large and diverse audience on the potential uses and re-uses of 3D digital data in the process of thinking about the future of the building. The GSA has benefitted from the unusual position of having existing 3D laser scans of the exterior of the building from 2009/10 and were also in the position to call upon Digital Design Studio scanning teams to start internal and external scanning as soon as it was safe to enter the building. This work took place within hours of the fire starting and was carried out by a joint team from Historic Scotland and the DDS, who have long experience of working together through the Scottish Ten project . It was gratifying that the potential uses of this data (as well as the uses it has already been put to as part of the building stabilisation process) were warmly received by the audience.  Proposed uses included the visualisation of alternate rebuilding/reconstruction schemes, analysis of building material and techniques, and the development of a scan-to-CAD-to-BIM workflow to underpin all technical aspects of building work.

the Mackintosh Building
Laser scan of the Mackintosh Building

More speculative uses of the scanned dataset (and proposed new datasets) were also discussed and research avenues centring on disaster planning and disaster management were prominently highlighted. In addition to the utility of the data for the management of technical aspects of reconstruction schemes, I was also given the opportunity to discuss the potential for these data, and models generated from them, in engaging communities of interest such as the student body with the reconstruction process as it develops.

Overall, this event was challenging, thought provoking and enjoyable. For me personally, it was an rare opportunity to be exposed to the world of professional architecture and the types of arguments and debates that this world engages with and as I result I came away both better informed and inspired.

King of the Castle!

cross posted from the ACCORD blog, here

The Accord crew were on the road again this week and travelled back to Castlemilk where we met with Kenny Hunter, who is the artist responsible for ‘King of the Castle, and – we can proudly boast- a GSA alumni! Since it was erected in 1999, the artwork has enjoyed a rich and varied life – sometimes a proud Rangers supporter and other days a committed Celtic fan!! This rascal is much loved by the local community, and was chosen by the local ‘How Old Are Yew’ history group to be modelled in 3D. You can find a work-in-progress PDF of our 3D model in the attachment.

Jean Devlin, a member of the ‘How Old Are Yew’ group did a wee bit of extra research and wrote on the Castlemilk History facebook page:

The King of the Castle has had a wee restoration done on him just recently …
After further research by the Castlemilk History Group today, we found out that this was the caption which was on the original coating at the foot of “The King of The Castle”… “Somewhere in the distance is my Future”… It was written by a member of the Castlemilk writer’s group at the time, of which Des Dillon was the writer in residence …

King of the Castle by Kenny Hunter 1999
King of the Castle by Kenny Hunter 1999
Artist Kenny Hunter chatting to members of the How Old are Yew community group
Artist Kenny Hunter chatting to members of the How Old are Yew community group

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Watch this space for updates on the little King’s evolution in 3D!

 

From Uist to the V&A! co-producing digital heritage with communities

The ACCORD project is working with communities all across Scotland to co-produce 3D models of their heritage using digital technologies. We also have our own blog, here!

ACCORD makes its debut at the V&A!

We were thrilled to have our prints featured at the Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London from 20-21 September (an event organized as part of the London Design Festival). We are very proud of the work our community groups have achieved and delighted that their heritage has been brought to the world stage through participation in the Victoria and Albert museum’s fantastic weekend of digital culture celebrating co-design!

ACCORD 3D prints
Our ACCORD 3D prints sent down to the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A;  made by the climbers at Dumbarton Rock, Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis, Access Archaeology in the Uists, Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology group, and the Aberdeenshire based Rhynie Woman group.

 

Accord 3D prints on display in the V&A
3D prints made by ACCORD on display in the V&A.

Natural beauty in breathtaking Camas nan Geall

Picture of the Camas Nan Geall bay in Ardnamurchan.
The stunning bay of Camas Nan Geall on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Scotland.

This is the stunning stretch of coastline where we had the privilege to spend a beautiful August weekend working with the dedicated members of the Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology Group. For a closer look at this pristine slice of Scottish coast, take a virtual peek at Kilchoan Village http://kilchoan.blogspot.co.uk

We explored an 18th century burial aisle in the heart of Camas nan Geall. Check out the wonders of RTI (or Reflectance Transformation Imaging in full) and see how an eroded skull and cross bones on a headstone, supposedly belonging to a Campbell, takes shape, made together with the Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology Group.

The Scientific explanation/RTI for rocket scientists… RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and colour and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s surface shape and colour attributes….

The no-nonsense explanation/RTI for humans… basically, get a £4 shiny black snooker ball, a tripod, and a light… using the movement of the light across the surface of the object the light bounces off the ball and the clever software combines the images to produce these amazing illuminated results – Eureka!

More info? Go to  http://culturalheritageimaging.or /What_We_Offer/Downloads/

The Rhynie Woman group bring the Pictish Craw Stane to digital life!

3D model of the Craw Stane
Snapshot of 3D Photogrammetry model of the Pictish Craw Stane made by the Rhynie Woman group in Aberdeenshire.

Manipulate the model yourself by downloading the PDF on our own ACCORD blog .

The Grimsay Wheelhouse, North Uist

In August 2014, ACCORD sallied forth to the Uists in the Outer Hebrides in order to immortalize in 3D this spectacular example of an Iron Age Wheelhouse dwelling. Together with the Access Archaeology community group, we first recorded the site with photos from the ground and the air using photogrammetry and then with a little help from Agisoft software we produced this awe-inspiring visualization!

And we didn’t just stop there … our next step was to bring the Grimsay Wheelhouse to life in the form of a 3D print – an exact 3D photogrammetric model of the Grimsay Wheelhouse replica to have and to hold!

3D print of the Grimsay Wheelhouse.
3D print of a photogrammetric model of the Iron Age wheelhouse at Grimsay, North Uist. Made by the Access Archaeology group.

ACCORD is one of eleven projects across the UK to be awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s £4million “Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production” programme. Led by the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art, the project it is being delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester Department of Archaeology, Archaeology Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

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.

The Lost Tomb of Robert The Bruce

A special exhibition at the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow presents the first complete 3D digital model of the lost tomb of Robert the Bruce.

To create this exhibition, CDDV (a joint venture between the Digital Design Studio and Historic Scotland) contributed scanning and visualisation expertise in a collaboration with the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), The Hunterian (University of Glasgow), the National Museums of Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust and the National Records of Scotland.

You can see the model at the Hunterian Museum until the 4th of January 2015, and read more about the exhibition here.