The aim of the joint project CultLab3D is to revolutionise the speed with which cultural assets can be digitally recorded in 3D. Its solution approach is based on three pillars:

  1. Developing an innovative scanning technology in the form of the mobile digitisation laboratory CultLab3D, consisting of flexibly deployable, modular components for acquiring 3D geometries and material properties of cultural assets;
  2. Use of semantic technologies to integrate and spatially link 3D models to multimedia information already present in museums and to its metadata;
  3. Developing and evaluating new business models for objects of cultural history.

Within CultLab3D, the cooperation will focus on selected classes of objects such as vases, coins, weapons (spearheads) and busts; the project is not focused on digitising monuments, memorials etc. Also participating in the project are (without funding) the National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Heritage Foundation and the Liebieghaus in Frankfurt/Main (sculpture collection).

Project consortium:

  • Polymetric GmbH (consortium coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (FhG-IGD)
  • Architectura Virtualis GmbH
  • Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI)

Project duration:   2013–2015

Total volume:        approx. 1.8m euros

Funding volume:   approx. 1.4m euros