AICON – The Bernd Breuckmann Award:… and the winner is…
Awarded 3D Scanning Research Ideas 2016
For innovative 3D research work, AICON presents the ‘Bernd Breuckmann Award’ to acknowledge and support the best ‘3D Scanning Research Idea’ of a non-profit scanning project in the field of arts and cultural heritage. Participation is open to all applicants submitting a non-commercial project proposal in the area of arts and cultural heritage, i.e. archeology, arts, history, paleontology and any related disciplines. In particular, young generation scientists are encouraged to participate in this award invitation.
The winner of the Breuckmann Award 2016 is Erica Nocerino. The five-member jury selected Erica Nocerino’s ‚3D MASTER‘ as this year’s winning project. Capturing small and medium-sized artifacts requires not only fast scanning with high accuracy, but also the simultaneous recording of the high-resolution object texture – an ideal task for the SmartScan. In addition, Erica Nocerino aims at working out general rules and best practice methods with the 3D data to facilitate the mass digitalization in the field of arts and cultural heritage.
For her project Erica Nocerino (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy) will be receiving with a SmartScan system on loan. AICON will provide this mobile, highly precise fringe projection scanner for her work in various museums in Sicily. The additional cash price to the amount of € 1,000 will help to cover part of her project expenses. We will keep you informed about the development of the project on our website.
Given the numerous high-quality applications submitted to the Breuckmann Award, the jury has decided to award an additional special prize again. This time, we will support ‚Tracking transport damages with 3D digitization‘as subproject of Carolin Heinemanns studies on the transport control of original paintings.In this third edition of the Breuckmann Award, the jurors were excited by the elaborate project proposals for 3D scanning projects. Dr. Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON Key Account Manager for Arts and Culture, explains: “The increased 3D digitization of historical objects is gaining more and more importance for research, for documentation and for museum exhibitions. We are happy to support this development with the AICON 3D Scanners and the Breuckmann Award.”
In this third edition of the Breuckmann Award, the jurors were excited by the elaborate project proposals for 3D scanning projects. Dr. Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON Key Account Manager for Arts and Culture, explains: “The increased 3D digitization of historical objects is gaining more and more importance for research, for documentation and for museum exhibitions. We are happy to support this development with the AICON 3D Scanners and the Breuckmann Award.”
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The Parthenon’s sculptures and their plaster casts
New 3D scanning application report
The Parthenon‘s historic plaster casts displayed in the British Museum (London) function as important historical records; they may contain valuable archaeological information subsequently lost from the original sculptures. Sections molded include the West Frieze and part of the North Frieze. However, it is not unheard of for the 19th century plaster craftsmen (formatori) to doctor the casts; crafting their molds such that when cast, a damaged sculpture would appear more complete than the corresponding original. A doctoral thesis uses a SmartScan-HE to investigate this assumption by comparing the 3D models of some original classical sculptures of the Acropolis Museum (Athens) with the according 19th century plaster casts of the British Museum.
This project involves both 19th century plaster casts and the original classical sculptures from which they were produced. To study the current surface appearance and condition of casts and originals, the 3D data have to include even finest topographical details. The two 3D models shall be mapped onto each other to analyze any differences. The comparative 3D data shall facilitate interpreting the complex nature of the plaster surfaces by distinguishing between differences caused by reductive processes on the originals (e.g. weathering) and additive processes on the casts (made up by the formatori).
The 3D data shall be analyzed combined with digital photographs and/or reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), together with consideration of the historic context of both casts and originals, craft techniques used to produce the casts, and limitations of the scanning process when dealing with objects of two different materials (marble and plaster).
Below, you see Ms. Emma Payne and the SmartScan-HE at work in the British Museum’s exhibition (image courtesy of the British Museum, London).
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AICON 3D Systems at the CAA in Atlanta (USA)
Session track “Close-range 3D data acquisition, processing, querying and presentation in cultural heritage”
From March 14-16, 2017 the 45th CAA will focus on “Digital archaeologies, material worlds (past and present)”. This international conference will bring together scholars from across the globe to share their cutting edge research from a diverse range of fields.
Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON Key Account Manager Arts & Culture, will co-organize a session track on “Close-range 3D data acquisition, processing, querying and presentation in cultural heritage”. In addition, the company AICON 3D Systems and their partner Accurex will present the new scanner line PrimeScan, an attractive entry-level solution for highly precise digitization for applications in arts and cultural heritage. The PrimeScan is compactly designed: Its base area equals a DIN A4 sheet, the scanner weighs only 3 kg. With its short working distance, it is suitable as desktop solution and for applications with limited room. Measuring fields between 50 mm and 1,000 mm are available, the working distance is optimized for the spatial conditions of museums as well as of archaeological excavations.
AICON 3D Systems is the only manufacturer of high-end scanners with blue and white projection light, suitable for scanning all surface colors. A PrimeScan configuration with color cameras captures high-resolution image textures. The OptoCat Texture Mapping module allows mapping these data directly to the 3D models. Depending on the required resolution at the object and the favored accuracy, the PrimeScan cameras (monochrome or color) are available with resolutions of two, five or eight megapixel.
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About AICON 3D Systems
AICON 3D Systems is one of the world’s leading providers of optical camera-based 3D measuring systems. The company, founded in 1990, develops and distributes systems for the business areas of inspection and testing including car safety and tube inspection. Since the acquisition of Breuckmann GmbH in August 2012, the product range also includes scanners for 3D measurement of complex geometries. On 1 April 2016, the AICON 3D Systems GmbH has joined Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
The digital acquisition and documentation of cultural masterpieces is increasingly gaining importance — be it in architecture, fine arts, archaeology or paleontology. The contact-free 3D scanning technology of Breuckmann Scanners works in the museum as well as at the archaeological site. It allows handling delicate objects with the utmost care and provides detailed 3D data with high-resolution color textures for thorough studies without using the original. The white-light scanners are not 3D measuring systems bought “off the rack”, but rather are characterized by their high degree of flexibility: The scanner configuration is adjusted exactly to the customer’s requirements.
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