A Grad Student’s Experience at the Scanning of the Ruthwell Cross

I have been urged to share my experiences as a graduate student of this past trip to do the 3D scanning of the Ruthwell cross. At the time I was putting it off to be honest, as the early mornings and late nights made writing anything cohesive a bit of a struggle. But now that […]

Ruthwell aftermath

Back from the Ruthwell Cross scanning week, and what an amazing experience that was! First of all, thanks to Dan’s work organizing the preliminary set up (scaffolding, bubble wrapping, making room for all the tech gear we brought in, etc.) everything was ready for the scan when we arrived. And everything went incredibly smooth, too: [...]

Second day data

Thursday was the second day of scanning and photography (pictures of the scanning work can be found here). On Wednesday, we finished the top 1.5 metres or so of the cross from the 2 metre lift. On Thursday morning, the team from Solway construction came and removed the top level of scaffolding and we scanned [...]

Some preliminary results

The results of the first day’s scanning are starting to come in. Some amazing photography and the first preliminary 3D point clouds to check we were getting it all. Hopefully we’ll be able to post some screen shots tonight or tomorrow (see below for some comments on the video) This evening we went back after [...]

First day scanning

We’re about to start the first day scanning. Yesterday the scaffolding went up (pictures available from our flikr account), and Matteo, Marco, Roberto, and I went up for a quick recce. First finding: there’s some pencil annotations on the top of the cross piece. The top was too dusty to read them reliably yet, but [...]

Plans roaring ahead for Visionary Cross scanning

The preparation is coming together for the scanning of the Ruthwell Cross… and it involves some skills they never taught me in gradschool! Thanks to Paul Beaton of Historic Scotland and Anne Baxter of the University of Lethbridge, I’ve had a crash course in project and site management and what it means to be working [...]

Scanning provisionally planned for April 17-21, 2012

The visionary cross team has scheduled April 17-21, 2012 for scanning the Ruthwell Cross (pending final approval from Historic Scotland). The scanning will involve capturing 3D laser scans of the cross at extremely high resolution. We will also be taking high quality, high resolution digital photographs. The scans and the photography will allow scholars and [...]
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