Category Archives: Visualisation

Hot off the press: Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine

Read all about it!

An article about the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy has just been published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, written by a former student (Lauren Clunie) along with the programme leaders from GSA (Daniel Livingstone) and Glasgow University (Paul Rea).

This is testament to the innovative partnership between the Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow and the Digital Design Studio, The Glasgow School of Art. This collaboration began with research into creating a highly detailed and accurate 3D visualisation of the head and neck (and soon the whole human body). Over the past few years, many of the students on the MSc course have published their Masters work at international conferences and in journals – testament to the programme and the close collaboration between two leading institutions.

The 3D Head and Neck Model
Part of the 3D Definitive Human

Note: The Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine is the journal of the Institute of Medical Illustrators. The MSc is accredited by the IMI.

Visit the Digital Design Studio – May 2015

The next graduate open evening at The Glasgow School of Art will be on Tuesday May 26th – during which time you’ll be able to visit the DDS and see our facilities. More details, including registration information here.

In the mean time, we’ve prepared some interactive panoramas for you. Enjoy. Click on the images below to start the respective panorama.

Training room
The view from the training room at the DDS – click to view panorama

Atrium panorama

The atrium at The Hub. Canteen and an open area for relaxing – click to view

Teaching labs
The Sound for the Moving Image teaching space at the DDS – click to view


Announcement! Introducing part-time Masters

Updated 7th May 2015:

You may remember our post last week about how here at the DDS we’ve been working on preparing part-time options on all of our Masters programmes and pathways.

The paperwork has progressed through several layers of approval and committee, and now we are very pleased to announce that it is official! We now offer part-time study for entry in September 2015.

The part-time option will be available for:
MDes Sound for the Moving Image
MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy (with Glasgow University)
MSc International Heritage Visualisation
MSc Serious Games Development*

We will be offering part-time on a day-release mode, with part-time students working alongside full-time students. Part-time students should expect to attend classes two days per week (with some flexibility where possible around work commitments) for the autumn and spring terms. The core-research skills class will be offered as a blended learning (part on-campus, part online) course during the summer between the two years of part-time study – we’ll be arranging a special delivery of the Academic Skills class just for part-time students for this.

We’ve had a number of enquiries for part-time study over the years, and we are excited that this will allow a wider range of students the opportunity to study with us at The Glasgow School of Art.

For more information and how to apply click here.

*And while we are here… the paperwork is also in progress for a minor name change on the Serious Games masters – more on that in a following post!

Supercharging the Innovation Engine

DDS Deputy Director Dr Paul Chapman recently presented at BioCity Scotland’s April 28th Supercharging the Innovation Engine event.

This two day conference brought together leaders at the cutting edge of innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and for making new connections. Paul’s presentation on computer graphics and its application to Pharmacy and Dentistry was pretty well received. Other talks covered topics included creative thinking, bridging the university-industry gap and how partnership working is essential to driving innovation forward at strategic and practical levels. More information on the event can be found at Supercharging the Innovation Engine.

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).

ACCORD at the Theoretical Archaeology Group

In December Mhairi Maxwell was at the TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) conference with two presentations on the recent work of the ACCORD (Archaeology Community Co-Production of Research Data) project.

Doug Rocks-Macqueen was on hand to record some of the presentations for Recording Archaeology – below you can see Mhairi presenting a talk as part of the “OK Computer? Digital Public Archaeologies in Practice” session:

Visualisation of the Anterolateral Ligament

While most people might assume that the human body has been definitively mapped and modeled for many years by now, this is most certainly not the case. A great example of this is the anterolateral ligament (ALL), one of the ligaments of the knee, which despite being described by French surgeon Segond in 1879 has since been known by many names with no clear definition until very recently (work of Claes, et al. 2013).

On Thursday of this week, recent MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy student Craig Humphreys will be presenting his MSc work on visualising the ALL at the winter meeting of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists.

The implications of work like this can be significant – consider that most working physiotherapists will not have been taught about the ALL, and its effects on the normal movement of the knee. 3D visualisations can provide a useful training tool, not just for students but to help practitioners keep up to date with the latest findings and research explained in a highly applied and practical manner.

3D Printed Liver Model for Preoperative Planning

In January, recent DDS student Dr Marta Madurska will be giving a presentation on the work she completed earlier this year for the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. Marta investigated the use of 3D printing to support preoperative planning, a direct application of current visualisation technology to support her surgical work in the NHS.

Marta will be presenting her work next month to the 2015 meeting of the Society of Academic and Research Surgery, on the Wednesday of the meeting. More details on the SARS website, here.

Marta will also be presenting her work at the International Clinical Skills conference in Prato, Italy, in May 2015.

M Madurska (1), M Poyade (2), D Eason (3), P Rea (4), A Watson (1)
(1) Research and Development, NHS Highland Centre for Health Science, Inverness; (2) Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, Glasgow; (3) Raigmore Hospital, Invernress, NHS Highland;
(4) University of Glasgow, Laboratory of Human Anatomy, Glasgow

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


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