Virtual Copan - From 3D data collection to analysis inside a web visualization tool


The 3D modelling technology is getting more used for the research, preservation, reconstruction, documentation, communication of cultural assets. Heritage 3D models, accessible on the web, are the most powerful solution to disseminate culture and, at the same time, a great source for tourism, research and education. While the use of 3D technologies in CH have been around for many years there are still some blocking factors that slow down a wider approach. On the technological side we still miss robust and easy to be used technologies that allows the practical use of complex 3D models. On the other hand the authoring tools for developing 3D applications are mostly borrowed from the entertainment industry and oriented to the creation of dedicated applications. The creation and management of 3D applications oriented to remotely study, visualize, analyse, query and interact with 3D digital copies of heritage is still partly missing.

This presentation presents on the reality-based, multi-resolution and multi-source 3D documentation and digital reconstruction of architectures at the ancient Maya kingdom of Copan, Honduras. We discuss our strategies for 3D surveying and modeling as well as optimization of the 3D models for use in 3DWebGIS.

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Virtual Copan - From 3D data collection to analysis inside a web visualization tool. Fabio Remondino, Belen Jiménez Fenández-Palacios. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396907)


3D modeling Maya WebGIS

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