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ArcTron 3D

Expertise in three dimensions
ArcTron 3D Survey Technology & Software Development GmbH Ringstraße 8 93177 Altenthann

EU-funded Research Project

ArcTron 3D is part of a top-class consortium substantially funded by the EU in order to develop new technologies for rock art research.

The impressive rock art across the Valcamonica valley in Northern Italy is subject of the project. More than 100.000 single images are spread over the 70km long valley and date from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Ages.

„Rock art“ – images carved or pecked into stone – is more common in Europe than painted cave art. This art exists in open-air surfaces exposed to the weather rather than inside caves. This wealth of Europe’s cultural heritage is inaccessible, difficult to study but provides profound stories from our ancient past. These „Pitoti“ (meaning little puppet in the local dialect) have been UNESCO World Heritage since 1979 but are still are no very well known.

3D-Pitoti is going to change that: New technologies will be developed in order to replace old documentation methods. Together with innovative visualization techniques, they will not only spread the word of the Pitoti to a wider public, but also advance a new stage of scientific results.

At the beginning of the project, ArcTron 3D will record reference data at several levels with latest 3D scanning technologies: A complete 3D model of the valley will be created using airborne 3D photogrammetry, terrestrial laser scanning will survey whole rock formations, and single Pitoti will be recorded in highest resolution using structured light scanning.

During the project, ArcTron and TU Graz will develop a new, portable high-resolution scanning system for extremely flat structures. It will be subject to various field tests. All data recorded during the project will be integrated into a complex 3D information system. ArcTron’s long-term developments in that area will serve as a basis for that. The project will also develop intelligent algorithms that enable an automatic segmentation and classification of single Pitoti.

New interactive and stereoscopic visualization technologies by the Bauhaus University of Weimar will prepare the data not only for scientists but also for new didactic approaches to visitors and school classes.

Monday, October 28

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Tuesday, October 29

9:00am CET