Outline of area of study/context
My area of study/context is very much related to my dissertation; however, rather than looking at how artificial intelligence can be used in conjunction with the cultural heritage preservation applications of photogrammetry, I will looking at how software applications and my own skills can be used with photogrammetry to bring to life and restore gaps in an artefact, building or location that is part of our cultural heritage.
The aim of my project is to use photogrammetry and 3D modelling techniques, to recreate a cultural heritage artefact in the digital realm. More specifically, I aim to select and research appropriate objects, buildings or locations, recreate them, and then attempt to enhance/restore them based on historical reference material. There is potential for creating a virtual environment that could be explored using VR technology; however, this is more of an aspiration than a specific aim.
- Select and research a suitable historical artefact/building/location.
- Source any available historical images/diagrams/plans/schematics.
- Carry out photogrammetry.
- Enhance the created model using 3D modelling software.
- Develop a digital 3D environment/context by combining photogrammetry models with digital reconstructions of historical reference materials.
My intention is to exclusively open source software (and commercial software that can be used without charge for non-commercial applications or that has an education pricing tier). I have started compiling a list of possible applications to research and test. These include:
- Agisoft’s Metashape (previously Photoscan) (http://www.agisoft.com/)
- AliceVision Meshroom (https://alicevision.github.io/)
- Blender (https://www.blender.org/)
- Unity (https://unity3d.com/)
- Unreal Engine (https://www.unrealengine.com)
- VR technology, such as Oculus Rift
Photogrammetry requires the use of many high-quality images from which to create a 3D model. I have a Nikon DSLR camera, tripod, and professional photo-editing software.
I do not have access to, and the project budget precludes the purchase of, drone technology which could potentially be used in this project for aerial photogrammetry. This means that I will be limited to photogrammetry that is ground-based or where it is possible to get find a location above the item to be photographed.