Workshop with ISIA Urbino

Venice, June 2019

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Otto Lowe from Factum Foundation demonstrating photogrammetry with students at Palazzo Grimani © Factum Foundation

Carlos Bayod, Guendalina Damone and Otto Lowe from Factum Foundation's 3D scanning department organised and taught a five-day workshop focussing on non-contact recording technologies for cultural heritage to ten students from the Photography MA course from the design university ISIA Urbino. The theory classes took place at ARCHiVe's studios at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini with the help of Andrea Barbon, Emilio Quinté and the rest of the team at Cini. The workshop format followed Factum's ethos of always providing practical training on real digitisation projects, an experience that gives students a better insight into the realities of on-site work. In this case, participants carried out fieldwork recordings at various institutions around Venice and the valuable data they obtained could give rise to larger projects for ARCHiVe.

Students used photogrammetry to 3D record a series of classical busts and statues at the 'Domus Grimani' exhibition held at Palazzo Grimani, demonstrating, too, the potential of high-resolution photogrammetric scanning with reflective materials. Students also used photogrammetry on two porphyry busts, a series of Maiolica pottery and a small terracotta head by Antonio Canova at the Colnaghi exhibition held at Abbazia di San Gregorio. At Cini, the Lucida 3D Scanner was to record high-resolution data for the surface of a painting on canvas by Brusaferro. Students also had the chance to learn more about ARCHiVe and the Venice Time Machine project, visited the IUAV's Photogrammetry Lab, and spoke to Rashmi Gajare, an architect and specialist in the digital humanities.

The recorded data will be processed and shared in coming weeks – it will be provided to the participating institutions, but also find a permanent home in ARCHiVe's digital storage facilities.

Carlos Bayod and Guendalina Damone during the theory classes at Fondazione Cini © Factum Foundation

Carlos Bayod from Factum Foundation during workshops with ISIA Urbino students at Fondazone Cini © Factum Foundation

Students work on recording different objects at Palazzo Grimani © Factum Foundation

High-resolution photogrammetry can now be used even with materials such as marble © Factum Foundation

At Palazzo Grimani © Factum Foundation

At Abbazia de San Gregorio to record objects at the Colnaghi show © Factum Foundation

Workshop participants recording Maiolica with photogrammetry at the Colnaghi exhibition © Factum Foundation

High-resolution photogrammetry requires hundreds of overlapping images of an object © Factum Foundation


Carlos Bayod, Guendalina Damone and Otto Lowe from Factum Foundation took part in the workshop.

With thanks to our colleagues at Fondazione Cini, to Palazzo Grimani, Colnaghi, and IUAV.

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