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Digitising the collection : evaluating photogrammetry as a means of producing a digital, three-dimensional model

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by A Milroy, A Rozefelds, S Coghlan, Ashley HolmesAshley Holmes, S Hocknull
Increased demand for access to museum collections is driving a trend toward specimen digitisation. Three dimensional (3D) digital models provide researchers with rapid on-line access and augment publications.The availability of accurate 3D digital models reduces the need for museums to loan specimens, and thus reduces risk of loss and/or damage. A digital 3D model also enables multiple researchers to examine the same specimen simultaneously. This trend has direct implications for scientific illustrators, as specimen representation or reconstruction is evolving from traditional techniques to digital technologies, and from two-dimensional visualisations to three dimensionaldigital models. The following case study documents the production of 3D digital models of palæobotanical specimens at the Queensland museum using a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) and Agisoft PhotoScan photogrammetric software. The resulting models can be shared online, viewed using a commonly available format, and tactually manipulated using a touchscreen.

History

Volume

47

Issue

3

Start Page

3

End Page

10

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

0199-5464

Location

Washington, USA

Publisher

GNSI Journal of Scientific Illustration

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Queensland Museum; TBA Research Institute; Woodford Folk Festival;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of natural science illustration.