3D Documentation and Visualization Techniques for Cultural Resources and Museum Collections
Through a process of photography, combined with 3D visualization software (AgriSoft) and Sketchfab, we created approximately 45 high resolution 3D images of objects ranging from moccasins to leather shirts to beaded pouches. Before 3D scanning, all objects were vetted first by the tribes with affiliation to the objects through a series of meetings between NPS museum staff and tribal liaisons to select objects best suited to this scanning process. Over a series of several trips to Grand Teton National Park’s headquarters and main collections site in Wyoming and the WAAC (Western Archaeological and Anthropological Center) collections conservation site in Arizona, and in collaboration with NPS project partners and collaborators, we photographed objects using a digital camera. Each object required between 150 to 400 photographs that were then processed into 3D composite images through the software AgriSoft. After that process, geovisualization trained graduate students and faculty reviewed and finalized the 3D images and uploaded them to a free, public access website (Sketchfab). In addition, we created a training video and uploaded it to YouTube for free, public access viewing and easy sharing/linking to NPS websites. The results of this project underwent scholarly review at various stages of work through several academic conference presentations.