Digitizing the Cultural Heritage – 3D visualization and 3D interaction

Digitizing the cultural heritage not only preserves cultural works for the future, but also opens up new possibilities. 3D visualization and 3D interaction technology let people interact with digitized cultural works in a way they have never experienced before. Moreover showing the works is no longer bound to a place so more people can see and interact with the cultural heritage, and high transport costs and the risks of damage are reduced.

The museum of Rouen, that was closed for more than 10 years, displayed a tattooed Maori head since 1875. Before the reopening of the museum in 2010 officials of the museum, who took stock during the closing period, decided that the head should be returned for a decent funeral.

PS-Tech was asked to brighten this event with the 3D presentation of the Maori.

Optical Tracking: head and device tracking of multiple users – IMVIS Project

Optical tracking of head and device of multiple users formed an important and integral component of the research done in the IMVIS FP7 project

The IMVIS project carried out research to develop novel projection-based stereoscopic multi-view systems for co-located collaborative 3D displays for multiple users. The use of PS-Tech’s optical tracking technology played an important role to enable the interaction between multiple users.

PS-Tech developed a multi-user optical tracking system, with its available technology, to enable multiple users to interact with a projection based multi-view system.

3D Localization: optical tracking in rough environments – Arrowhead Project

Within the EU Artemis research consortium for the project Arrowhead, PS-Tech is the work package leader of 3D localization technology, because robust optical tracking in rough environments needed to be developed for the mining industry. This robust 3D localization technology is transferable to other industries that have rough conditions (for example wet, cold, dust, fibrations) but still require the localization of instruments and specific locations in their environment.

PS-Tech will contribute to Arrowhead by advancing and monitoring the state of the art in 3D optical tracking technology and automated 3D geometry reconstruction from 2D/3D camera images.

3D Visualization: Rapid Design Analysis – Crystal Project

The overall goal of Crystal is to enable improved, sustainable paths to speed up maturation, integration, and cross-sectorial reusability of technological and methodological bricks. The bricks are ‘building blocks’ for safety-critical embedded system engineering in the areas of transportation (aerospace, automotive, and rail) and Healthcare providing a critical mass of EU technology providers. Below the proposed development process is shown.

The role of PS-Tech in this project is to investigate the use of interoperable tooling for 3D visualization and simulation (instead of real prototyping) to validate requirements with users, providing multi user and multi-location collaboration.

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

The 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.

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

3D Virtual Reality Workstation for a Museum – Genesis Project

To celebrate the 50th birthday of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the “centraal Museum” in Utrecht wanted to create an exhibition that would reveal the similarities between art and science. PS-Tech was approached to create a 3D virtual reality workstation for the museum to show scientific results as Art in this virtual reality (VR) environment. An environment wherein the visitor could interact with the scientific data.

Adaption of Dassault Software for 3D Workstations

PS-Tech, as technology partner of Dassault systemes, made 3DVIA Studio Pro and 3DVIA Composer available for use in the 3D workstations C-Station and PSS. The adaption of the Dassault software for our 3D workstations makes 3D visualization of and interaction with 3D CAD engineering data possible.

Multi-Modality imaging to support 3D Brain Visualization – HIGH PROFILE Project

Multi-modality imaging combines imaging techniques in synergistic ways which facilitate the improved interpretation of data. Combining multiple structural techniques, technologies such as computed tomography (CT) and MRI, can show the best of each modality while the weakness of a specific modality is overcome and shown by a second modality. As such anatomical images can be combined, or a combination of anatomical and functional imaging, such as electroencephalographic (EEG), can be created to facilitate the medical professional with aligned structural and functional information.

Within High Profile PS-tech worked on the multi-modality imaging to support 3D brain visualization by creating one 3D brain map. Three modalities were combined in Vesalius3D. The electrical diagram of the EEG provides split-second timing, the MRI provides high levels of spatial accuracy and thirdly the Electrocorticography (ECoG) provides the record of electrical activity from the cerebral cortex. The combination of these three modalities provided a unique 3D functional and structural brainmap.

3D Medical Imaging: Image Guided Intervention and Therapy – IGIT4Health Project

Image guided intervention and therapy involves medical diagnosis, planning and treatment of patients by minimally invasive placement of diagnostic and therapeutic devices such as catheters and stents inside the human body, enabled by 3D medical imaging and 3D navigation methods. Image guided intervention and therapy helps healthcare professionals to obtain better clinical outcome of treatment, predictable procedure time, fewer complications, and lower morbidity & mortality rates. In addition, image guided intervention leads to a prolonged life, improved quality of life and less discomfort for the patient.

The main objective of the IGIT4Health project is to increase productivity and effectiveness in healthcare and reduce patient risk by supporting healthcare professionals in the transition from invasive, open surgery to minimally invasive, image guided intervention. The increase in productivity and effectiveness in healthcare enabled by image guided intervention is expected to significantly lower healthcare costs due to shorter hospital stay and higher throughput.

PS-Tech used the results from the IGIT4HEALTH project to develop 3D navigation and 3D medical imaging solutions for:

  • The analysis and presentation of 3D and 4D medical data
  • 3D Navigation during image guided intervention procedures