Practical 3D Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage Artefacts from Photographs – Potentials and Issues

Dieter W. Fellner, Sven Havemann, Philipp Beckmann, Xueming Pan


A new technology is on the rise that allows the 3D-reconstruction of Cultural Heritage objects from image sequences taken by ordinary digital cameras. We describe the first experiments we made as early adopters in a community-funded research project whose goal is to develop it into a standard CH technology. The paper describes in detail a step-by-step procedure that can be reproduced using free tools by any CH professional. We also give a critical assessment of the workflow and describe several ideas for developing it further into an automatic procedure for 3D reconstruction from images.


3D reconstruction; Photogrammetry; 3D acquisition; 3D scanning; ARC3D; Meshlab

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