Bending the Horizon. A Pompeian Photogrammetry (PhotoScan) Primer.


The Digital Humanities Lab, Herter Hall 19G

As a burgeoning tool for the humanities, the importance of photogrammetry - computer programs that transform a series of digital images into a precise three dimensional model - cannot be overstated. Being able to capture not only the visual aspects of place, but also being able to replicate the experience of their dimensional qualities with only a point-and-shot digital camera, is revolutionizing how archaeologists conduct their fieldwork, interpret their data, and share their results. This presentation will introduce one of the most popular and user-friendly photogrammetical programs, AgiSoft's PhotoScan. Using image data collected in Pompeii this past summer, I will demonstrate each step in the process of aligning photos, building geometry, and generating a visual texture. How to store and share your models online will also be explored.
Although the materials of presentation will reflect the process and outcomes of classical archaeology, it is hoped that the demonstration will inspire new and novel uses of photogrammetry across humanities.
This demonstration will be led by Eric Poehler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at UMass. Professor Poehler teaches courses on archaeology and urban environments in the ancient world. He is especially interested in the use of GIS and other types of digital technologies in archaeological work. In 2010 he and his team in Pompeii garnered international attention when they became pioneers in the use of the iPad to help with mapping and recording data during archaeological fieldwork.
Light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to by Friday, October 11.