October 5, 2012
Wired! Lab, Bay 11, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse
Sarah Goetz

In this workshop, you will learn techniques and best-practices for creating a digital 3D model of an object from photographs you can take on the fly – even from your phone!

Intro To Google Sketch-Up II

September 28, 2012
Wired! Lab, Bay 11, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse
Sarah Goetz

Part of the Google Sketch-Up, Wired Workshops Series

In this Wired Workshop we’ll cover how to to extend your knowledge of the basic modeling techniques of Google Sketch-Up, allowing you to use researched material, photographs, site plans, & floor plans to reconstruct buildings that no longer exist or that you cannot measure. This is covered in the tutorial on Modeling From Photographs, Site & Floor Plans.

We will build on the knowledge gained in the Intro Tutorial, and go over texturing in further detail.

Intro to Google Sketch-Up I

September 21, 2012
Wired! Lab, Smith Warehouse Bay 11
Sarah Goetz

Part of the Wired Workshops Series

In this Wired Workshop you will learn the basics of Google Sketch-Up. We will start with the user interface and move through the most common tools while constructing the Historical Stagg Pavillion which can still be found on East Campus.

Intro to Google Earth

September 14, 2012
Wired! Lab, Smith Warehouse Bay 11
Sarah Goetz

In this workshop you will learn the basics of Google Earth: how to create placemarks, add images, edit annotations, and more. Using an existing project, you will be introduced to a number of strategies for making academic arguments that are enhanced by geo-spatial mapping. You are also encouraged to bring your own projects for questions afterward.

Intro To Google Earth – necessary files

Visualizing Venice: The Waters of Venice

June 4, 2012 — June 16, 2012
Venice International University, Venice, Italy

Giorgio Gianighian, Università Iuav di Venezia; Mark Olson, Erica Sherman, and Victoria Szabo, Duke University

The first edition of this summer workshop jointly promoted by Duke University, Iuav University of Venice and Venice International University was held at VIU from June 4 to June 16, 2012. The academic activities were coordinated by Prof. Mark Olson and Prof. Victoria Szabo from Duke and Prof. Girogio Gianighian from Iuav.

The aim of the workshop was to provide a thorough introduction to a series of digital tools for the analysis, interpretation and visualization of data related to the shaping of man-made space.

The following technologies were taught and used by students: 3D modeling using Google SketchUp, 3D acquisition using Photogrammetry, interactive mapping with Google Earth, Scalar, and the basics of ARCgis related to Google Earth. These 3D modeling, visualization, and mapping technologies enabled the students to engage with questions of change over time and dynamic process in urban and rural environments, showing how man-made spaces respond to social and economic process and transformation.

The program of the 2012 workshop focused on the example of data for the drinking water supply system of Venice, using this documentation to visualize how supply systems determine the shaping of urban space. The city of Venice thus became a laboratory for training with technology.

The workshop was addressed to Master’s- or Ph.D- level students in Interpretive Humanities (including Cultural Patrimony, History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism, History, Geography, Architecture, Archaeology, and other relevant disciplines). Fifteen students from all over the world were selected to participate in the workshop.

In ten days of intense work in the VIU Mac laboratory and site visits in the city, students obtained skills that permitted them to interpret, visualize, and communicate collaborative research projects. The four final projects were presented to a public of specialists and interested guests at the end of the workshop.

Video Archive

Workshop Website

Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva in China

April 17, 2012
Room 204A East Building
Miaole Hou, Beijing University of Civil Engineering

The Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue is located at Baoding Mountain in Chongqing. The statue was first carved in the early Tang Dynasty and during the Song Dynasty. This Statue is 7.7 meters in height and 10.9 meters in width; its orthographic projection area is about 84 square meters, and the total curved surface area is over 210 square meters. The center of Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue is the main Buddha. Around the main Buddha, more than thousand hands holding different sacred vessels were carved on the rock surface in a radial manner. The Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva Statue has the reputation as “the Gem of World’s Rock Carving Art”. In our research institute, 3D laser scanning model was applied to record the current information of the Stature.

Dr. Miaole Hou is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Beijing University. She got her PhD in Geodetic Surveyingand Engineering School in 2005 in China. Her research has been focused on cultural heritage conservation, mainly on 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling. She got research funds from NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China), CMST (China Ministry of Science and Technology), NHB (State Bureau of cultural relics), NSFB (Natural Science Foundation of Beijing) and DAZU Heritage Museum. She attended 30 research projects on 3D laser scanning: the most important one was on the Dazu Thousand-hand Bodhisattva in China. She has published three original full manuscripts and obtained 4 China patents in the following research areas: Specifications for the Disease and Graphic Symbols of Ancient Murals; The Collection Mural Protection Application of Lidar and GIS Technonogy; 3D laser scanning and 3D modeling of Ancient Murals; Ancient Murals in Jian City Based on Ground Complete SpectralImaging Systems.

Publishing & Presenting

March 3, 2012
Wired! Lab, Smith Warehouse Bay 11
Sarah Goetz

In this workshop, Sarah Goetz will cover how to present your Mapping & Modeling work. You’ll learn how to make fly-through videos of Google Sketch Up Models, interactive tours in Google Earth, and how to publish these on the web using WordPress.

Friday Forum: Remote Sensing of the Venice Lagoon and its Watershed

February 17, 2012
Sonia Silvestri

The Venice lagoon (Italy) is one of the largest lagoons in Europe, with a high environmental and socio-economic significance, also linked to the historical and cultural value of the city of Venice. In this presentation, remote sensing is used to look at the spatial and temporal variability of some environmental processes and to provide a visualization of such variability. Remote sensing facilitates the acquisition of spatial data and the interpretation of its space-time properties, providing access to the geometric patterns that can not be obtained using point measurements, particularly in a dynamic environment such as a coastal lagoon. Applications on the Venice lagoon watershed, where aquifer pollution may have fundamental impacts on the water quality of the lagoon, will also be presented.

Friday Forum: From Perspective Representation to (Digital) Reality

February 10, 2012
Andrea Giordano

Historical paintings and engravings are an important documentary source for studying the history of urban transformations in architecture and city design. By applying perspective transformations and architectural engineering rules, we can digitally reproduce 3D models of the buildings and spaces portrayed in the pictures and thereby find out valuable details related to the processes of transformation and change in the city.This talk will present our work applying these techniques to several historical paintings.

Intertidal Bio-Geomorphic Patterns and the History of the Lagoon of Venice

February 3, 2012
Marco Marani

The Venice lagoon is a natural lab for which long-term observations exist, documenting changes in geomorphological and ecological structures in response to climatic and anthropogenic forcings. I will briefly review the environmental changes documented over several centuries in the Venice lagoon through maps and documents, discussing the controlling processes and showing how remote sensing and mathematical modelling can help us extract process characteristics from patterns.