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Abstract of a Paper given at the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference, 2007


How to train laser scanning professionals?

-- Nina Heiska/Ilari Kurri


The purpose of this paper is to present ongoing cultural heritage related projects involving laser scanning in Finland. This includes formal education program and its related projects on actual sites.

In 2005, a two-year degree program in Laser Scanning and 3D Modelling was begun at the Institute of Art and Design, EVTEK University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the program is to train cultural heritage professionals in laser scanning and at the same time to explore the potential of the new technology in documentation and visualisation of cultural heritage. This degree program is the first of its kind in Finland. Both authors are currently studying laser scanning in EVTEK.The training consists of some theory, practical laser scanning and visualisation. Three different scanners are used: Mensi GS200, Callidus CP 3200 and Mensi S 25. The software used for the processing of the pointcloud data are Realworks Survey and 3Dipsos. Autodesk’s 3Ds Max is used for the visualisation of the point cloud data.

Since 2005, laser scanning has been used in several sites including the 16th century Church of St. Laurentius in Vantaa, the 18th century forti?cation Bastion Rosen in Loviisa and the House of Marcus Lucretius, Insula IX 3,5 in Pompeii, Italy. The processing of the data is still ongoing, as the material will be used for the graduation works in the spring 2007. The main result has been to increase the awareness of the technology in Finland. Despite the problems, it has a lot of potential as a research and documentation method in the field of cultural
heritage as well. The participants of the program have not only learned to use laser scanners and process the data, but also to evaluate its usefulness and problems in different types of sites.

Nina Heiska
Helsinki University of Technology
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Ilari Kurri
Department of Monuments and Sites
National Board of Antiquities




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