3D heritage interpretation

Amazing 3D heritage interpretation to make exhibits pop

Three dimensional modelling (3D) is complex, time-consuming and as a result can be expensive to implement. But there really are no limits creatively, if your budget allows. 3D modelling can be a valuable aid for engaging with visitors. Sometimes it’s worth going the extra mile in terms of visitor experience. But it’s important to be realistic about how it’s used. The advances in technology, particularly software, mean that 3D heritage interpretation is increasing being used. It’s certainly worth exploring the possibilities if you’re a heritage attraction.

Creation of 3D models

There are many ways to generate and manipulate three dimensional models. Software such as blender is one of our favourite programs. We additionally create accurate 3D models utilising lidar scanning, which can deliver stunning results. This of course is providing the artefact lends itself to the process. 3D scanning can be particularly useful where a valuable artefact has been carted-off to another location. Maybe you’d like to be able to show visitors this artefact at your site. Consider 3D scanning of the artefact, which could then be used to create an augmented reality experience.

Hosting your 3D experience

Whatever 3D models need to be created, it’s important to consider the final hosting platform used for display. For mobile there are several mainstream platforms such as Adobe Aero or Meta Spark. These enable 3D models to be manipulated in pseudo 3D spatial environment via the phone screen. They provide robust ‘players’ for these experiences to run on mobile devices. The solution they support is known as Augmented Reality (AR). It’s the creation and manipulation of digital visual objects, both 2D and 3D, within a pseudo 3D mobile phone screen environment. These are overlaid via the phone screen within a real setting. Read more about augmented reality.

Limitations of 3D heritage interpretation

Ultimately the experience you’re creating with three dimensional modelling is only as good as the 3D modelled assets. Specifically, the use of 3D models within augmented reality experiences running on mobile screens undoubtedly has constraints. These are predominantly file size and model complexity. Using 3D for heritage interpretation is undeniably a great way to provide rich new interactive mechanisms for visitor engagement. But careful appraisals are required before project commencement.

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