3D modeling, augmented virtual reality: European scientists are adopting the newest technologies in order to expand the grasp of humanity to its history.
Istituto degli Innocent the famous monument of the Renaissance of the XV century in Florence, became a demonstration platform for the project called Inception, which offers three-dimensional solutions for exploring the history of various buildings and places.
At the entrance, scientists of the Ferrara University are collecting elements needed to build three-dimensional models and a panoramic view of the building. Marco Medici, 3D modeling expert told us this: "We are forming a digital cloud consisting of lots of dots, we’ve got a set of spatial coordinates of millimeter accuracy, then we tied color data to them. This is the starting point for 3D modeling, which allows us then to transfer the entire monument into 3D. This is the first step in a grand journey through time, in which scientists working on EU patronage are preparing to invite the widest possible range of users, scientists and amateurs. They will be given a chance to become fully acquainted with the cultural heritage; The project’s objective is to allow our contemporaries to explore the past based on innovative methodologies and newest technologies.
Frederica Mayetti, technical coordinator of the Inception project told us this: “Every monument is unique and is no like other in the world, it has its own biography. We want to give this information to everyone in the world. We rely on different information sources and document them when preparing our 3D models. Thus, in the future, people studying our buildings in 3D mode will simultaneously receive historical date of different genre chronicles, fairy tales, and songs.
Roberto di Giulio Coordinator of the Inception project said this: "The main objective of the Inception project is to use, bringing together the latest techs, to create the best conditions for people to get to the know the history of the world. The database will be open: users should be able to search for the necessary data in it, study or download. The Inception was arranged by a consortium of 14 European companies. The coordinator is the Faculty of Architecture of the Ferrara University. Information collected by researchers will help develop new methods and tools for the study, restoration and defense of historic monuments, comprehensively explore the artistic and architectural history of the world. Federico Ferrari, an expert in 3D modeling: “We are combining the data we have at our disposal within a single platform. The combination of historical facts and 3D modeling allows us to understand how a particular monument developed over time. We can, for example, restore what the work of Bruneleski looked at the very beginning, what changes it has undergone, how the surrounding monument space has changed.
Solutions found within the Inception project will be tested based on the diverse cultural monuments of Europe. The formed database will be open for a wide rang