Glasgow Set to Host Digital Documentation Conference

CDDV to Host international conference on 3D capture and digital imaging

by Elizabeth Lee
September 2, 2011
Glasgow is set to host an international conference on digital documentation next month.

The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV), a joint venture between Historic Scotland and the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art will welcome an international delegation to the city to foster collaboration on the use of 3D technology and digital imaging.

The conference will showcase how digital documentation, laser scanning, 3D audio and advanced 3D representation is being used in innovative ways around the world and across a number of different disciplines through presentations by some of the worlds leading software developers, surveyors and new media content creators.

Scotland is leading the way in how this technology is applied to the heritage sector through the Scottish 10 Project, an initiative to digitally record all five of Scotland’s world heritage sites and five international sites.

The project aims to enhance remote access and interpretation at sites ranging from the presidents heads at Mount Rushmore in the United States, through to the small island of St. Kilda off the Scottish coast, as well as aiding conservation and preservation for future generations.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who will open the conference said;

“It is fantastic that Scotland is once again hosting a conference of this calibre.

“The Scottish 10 Project is putting us at the heart of this technology and allowing us to work with partners across the globe to digitally record our world heritage sites for future generations.

“We are delighted to welcome delegates to Glasgow and look forward to hearing how this technology is evolving and being applied across a number of different sectors.”

The conference will provide the opportunity for delegates to explore current industry software trends, as well as getting a glimpse into the future of digital technologies. Examples of applied application in surveying, heritage management and new media will also be explored.

Douglas Pritchard, Head of Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art said;

“We are privileged to have such high-calibre speakers from North America and Europe to talk about their experiences in laser scanning and other forms of digital documentation.

“This is a truly international and cross disciplinary conference, to look at the pioneering work that is happening both at home and abroad in this field.”

Alongside the traditional conference format of lectures, delegates will also have the opportunity to see laser mapping in action as well as visit exhibitions from organisations who will be demonstrating their latest high tech projects.

David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland said;

“The conference will not only address how we manage the historic environment, but also how we can work with other disciplines to enhance our understanding of the past. We want to make this as interactive an experience as possible for the those attending the conference. Exhibitors will be demonstrating the very latest digital technology, bringing to life current examples of application and its potential for use across a number of sectors.”

The two-day conference will take place at the Scottish Youth Theatre.
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