Framing digital tools and techniques in built heritage 3D modelling: the problem of level of detail in a simplified environment

Chalal, M.L. and Balbo, R., 2014. Framing digital tools and techniques in built heritage 3D modelling: the problem of level of detail in a simplified environment. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 4 (2), pp. 39-52. ISSN 2154-8587

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Recently, the built heritage sector has witnessed an increase demand for 3D models of historical sites mainly
due to the widespread of new technologies in buildings’ surveying. Although these technologies have been credited for enabling highly detailed 3D modelling of the built heritage, their implementation is still so complex and costly. This research aims to explore the possibility of implementing new low-cost digital acquisition technologies and modelling techniques as an alternative to the existing expensive ones in terms of level of detail (LOD), as an attempt to enable low-skilled
users in simplified environment, which are faced paced leaning milieus in education, places with high constraints, or developing countries, to practically learn about their built heritage; consequently, contribute to its preservation. To achieve this purpose, the most diffused SFM and laser scanning open-source packages were first cross-compared using web-content analysis data collection method. Afterwards, the best programme from each category namely; Autodesk 123D catch and Reconstructme, accompanied with Canon D550 camera and Xbox Kinect, respectively, were intensively evaluated through an experiment. The analysis of the findings has suggested that low-cost close-range photogrammetry
can replace laser scanning when there is a lack of funding and time.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The International Journal of the Constructed Environment
Creators: Chalal, M.L. and Balbo, R.
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Date: 18 April 2014
Volume: 4
Number: 2
ISSN: 2154-8587
Rights: © Common Ground, Moulay Larbi Chalal, Riccardo Balbo, All Rights Reserved. Permissions:
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 20 Jul 2016 10:46
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 10:46
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