3D Visualization and 3D Interaction for a Museum - Hebbes Project

Hebbes logoThe goal of the Hebbes project of the Gouda museum was to digitize and present the cultural heritage and history of Gouda. PS-Tech's 3D visualization and 3D interaction technology was adapted to present these digitized cultural works in a new and exciting way.

Digitizing Cultural Heritage, revealing a collection

In 2008 the Museum Gouda started the Hebbes project to digitize their collection. A collection that presents the cultural heritage and history of the Gouda city since 1874. They had two main reasons to do so; first for preservation of the collection, which is vulnerable and/or too valuable to show permanently. Secondly to reveal their entire collection to their visitors and give them a unique experience by giving the precious artifacts into the visitors hands.

PS-Tech's 3D visualization technology

Together with the museum, PS-Tech wrote a plan for the funding of this entire project. After approval the actual work commenced. The interface developed for the museum found its origin in PS-Tech’s 3D visualization technology for the medical industry.

Selection and scanning of the Cultural Heritage

Scanned Museum ArtifactThe first objects were selected and scanned on-site with a 3D laser. The post-production of the collected images was performed and the collected 3D data was uploaded into the museum’s database.

Presentation of the Cultural Heritage with the Digital Heritage Presenter

Museum Gouda created a virtual room. A virtual room that is concentrated around the PS-Tech’s Digital Heritage Presenter (DHP), which gives the collected 3D data into the hands of the visitor as if they are holding the actual artefact itself.

Mobile Intuitive 3D Workstation PSS

At the same time a Personal Space Station (PSS), a mobile version of the DHP, is used to bring the entire collection outside the museum to the classroom or external exhibitions for 3D Visualization and 3D Interaction.

The future

New ways of attracting audiences are explored by museums around the world. Digitizing the collection opens new ways in doing that. Why use the collected information for preservation only? The Digital Heritage Presenter makes it possible to enhance visitors experience in an intuitive way.

Bring the collection to your audience, save costs and tell the story you want, without the risk of damaging the precious artefacts. 3D Visualization and 3D Interaction of the digitized cultural heritage is the future.