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Workshop focuses on 3D animation of archaeological objects

Update: February, 15/2016 - 15:10

View of the main gate of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Ha Noi. — Photo

HA NI (VNS) — Unique historical treasures of Viet Nam will be presented in three 3D animations at a scientific workshop in Ha Noi that will be attended by Vietnamese and German experts.

Professor Thomas Kersten from HafenCity University, Hamburg, will present some of his 3D animations of historical buildings in Viet Nam and Germany and give an insight into the process with which he and his team developed special software.

It is a part of a project on displaying the most valuable Vietnamese historical treasures found in the last 50 years, being implemented by the German Archaeological Institute and the Vietnamese Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry.

Under the project, an exhibition entitled Jewels of Vietnamese Archaeology will be held in LWL of Archaeology Museum in Herne from September to December, 2016; in the State Museum of Archaeology in Chemnitz from January to April, 2017 and in The Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim from May to August, 2017.

But some of the historical treasures cannot be transported because of their sensitivity, not to mention architecturally significant buildings such as the Thang Long Citadel and the Temple of Literature in Ha Noi.

Thanks to the 3D animations by Kersten and his team, the visitors to the exhibition in Germany can still see these objects and historic sites as if they are there.

Professor Kersten is an expert in making this type of 3D models. He has already implemented numerous projects around the world and is helping to bring a piece of Vietnamese history to Germany.

He is a professor of photogrammetry and laser scanning at HafenCity University, Hamburg. After studying surveying in Hannover, he recently worked as a department manager for photogrammetry at Swissphoto AG in Switzerland. In 2011, Kersten was awarded the Hamburg Teaching Award.

The workshop will begin at 9am on February 24 and will be attended by museum officers in Ha Noi.

At the workshop, Nguyen Thu Hoan from Viet Nam National Museum of History, which is already working on 3D animation, will make a presentation on how the museum is using 3D technology to give visitors a virtual tour.

"The Viet Nam National Museum of History is among the first museums in Viet Nam to use technology to provide an interactive 3D virtual tour of its display area," Hoan said. "Museum officers understand the importance of 3D virtual reality technology in promoting museum activities." — VNS 


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