3D Model from Photos with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

This tutorial has been developed keeping in mind the beginners/non technical persons interested in making 3D digital models of artifacts, objects, buildings, excavation etc. from photos and want to share them online.

I have studied various popular commercial and free and open source software (FOSS) to find a robust, easy to learn, scalable model building environment. The comparison study is gong to be publisded soon.  Based on my study, I have the most accurate 3D with easy and  convenient workflow can be achieved through Regard3D – MeshLab – Sketchfab.


I am sharing this tutorial here as a .pdf file. Feel free to download and share with others.




ArKit vs ARCore

Google unveils ARCore, its answer to Apple’s ARKit,, which allows augmented reality to hundreds of millions of Android phones, and no Tango required.  From the demos on the web, it seems ARKit provides superior qualities. However, Apple is always within a closed eco-sytem; unreachable to many (like me Sad smile). However, I am really worried about these 2 devices recently announced from Lenevo and Asus. All their pain in vain now. So frastrating to the developers and manufacturers.

Tango enable device: https://developers.google.com/tango/

Google ARCore: https://developers.google.com/ar/

Apple ARKit: https://developer.apple.com/arkit/

Cybermaps in 3D heritage

Erik Champion

A journal asked that I respond to a paper that briefly mentions the above. Notes to self include these general questions that I seldom find answers to in virtual heritage papers and not mentioned in my response (the journal has a strict word limit):

  1. Interpretation: It is very hard to extrapolate from VH papers how various interpretations are fostered.
  2. Beginnings: Where do you place a visitor in a virtual site?
  3. Dynamic alterity: How should or could they navigate time, space and interpretation?
  4. Art Versus Scientific Imagination: How should they separate artistic from current reality from interpreted virtuality? What if the artistry is impressive but speculative?
  5. Projects: Where can the projects (that apparently relate to the questions posed in the text), be experienced or otherwise accessed? How will they be preserved?
  6. Interactive Navigation: How do we navigate time, space, interpretation, and task/goal?
  7.  Authenticity, accuracy and artistry: How does one balance all…

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3D from Google Street View

I have been wondering whether it is possible to develop 3D from Street view. Yes, some clever people already tried it and succeeded.

1.  From Street View to 3D : http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/from-street-view-to-3d.html

2.  3d world modeling with three.js : http://peter.pisljar.si/#!/en/projects/threejs_world

3. Large-Scale Multi-View 3D Reconstruction from Google Street-View Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWlb_Sp2F8g

4. Photo city : http://www.photocitygame.com/

5. How to overlay a 3D model on interactive Google Street View panoramas :

5: From Google Street View to 3D City models : https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224135244_From_Google_Street_View_to_3D_City_models

Writing a proposal

Writing a proposal is always tricky which needs to be very specific with a focused research question and a methodology. Only an ‘idea’ is not enough to achieve a goal. Found a fantastic writing from ‘Habibul Haque Khondker, Department of Sociology, NUS, Singapore’, few years back. Anyone has an idea and planning to write a proposal, may follow his guide. Follow this link: How to Write a Research Proposal – NUS – Faculty of Arts and Social …

WRITING research proposal

call: 6 month TRAME Fellowship in Digital Humanities – Florence

Copied from Prof Erik’s blog …….. ……. …… 🙂

Erik Champion

TRAME Fellowship in Digital Humanities Funded by the Zeno Karl Schnindler Foundation, 6 months in Florence!

The Lab. activities – promoting the interoperability of scholarly resources and exploring the possibilities that digital tools and methods offer for innovative research in Digital History, Digital Literature, Digital Philology etc. – are linked to the development of the TRAME initiative (http://www.trame.fefonlus.it) that is part of major international DH projects, such as CENDARI (http://www.cendari.eu) and PARTHENOS (http://www.parthenos-project.eu).

Fellows will develop a critical understanding of digital technologies and research in the arts and humanities, as well as first-hand experience in how to do Digital Humanities, through a very strong practical component including the concrete creation of digital resources and tools for the study of specific disciplines, within a network of scholars and other professionals linked to the DARIAH-ERIC (www.dariah.eu) initiatives, such as the Medeivalist’s Sources Working Group…

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