Special Issue "3D Computer Imaging for Architectural Heritage"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Dipartimento di Architettura, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, viale Risorgimento, 2-40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: cultural heritage; real-time rendering; representation; 3D modeling; architecture; archeology; re-verse modeling; Virtual reality; industrial design
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

After twenty years of experimentation, 3D computer imaging for architectural heritage (AH) remains an open research field. Reality-based 3D models of AH construction require range data from 5 to 150 mt, single point accuracy from 0.1 to 2 mm, and accurate color and reflectance reproduction. These complex requests stimulate research and new in-depth both the directions of general workflow and solutions for specific topics.

Over the last years, imaging-related research has enabled new, accurate, easy, and robust workflows, allowing to shift from the first era, where 3D data were used as simple templates to build 3D models, to effective 3D model construction techniques.

However, in the AH field a great deal of work remains to be done in order to have an effective operational framework based on 3D computer imaging.

The aim of this Special Issue is to solicit researchers to different and complementary contributes to enhance the actual operational scenario from several different disciplines related to 3D Computer Imaging for Architectural Heritage.

Papers concerning both general framework and specific solutions are encouraged, as well as descriptions of case studies that are representative of typical situations.

Dr. Marco Gaiani
Guest Editor

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  • Sensor modeling and calibration
  • Range sensors and cameras
  • Laser range sensing
  • UAV based 3D imaging
  • RGB-D cameras
  • Optical 3D Sensors
  • Photogrammetry
  • Dense image matching
  • Low-cost sensors and open-source algorithms
  • Multi-source data and multi-sensors approaches
  • 3D systems calibration
  • 3D imaging and technology for material appearance
  • Accuracy requirement and assessment in 3D reconstructions
  • Problems in 3D capture
  • Range data processing
  • Range image registration
  • Image-to-geometry registration
  • Automation in data registration
  • Image enhancement and filtering for 3D acquisition
  • Representation and processing of surface data
  • Surface reconstruction from cloud points
  • Point cloud processing & analysis
  • BIM 3D model construction techniques based on 3D Computer Imaging data
  • 3D computer imaging based digital analysis applications
  • 3D computer imaging based digital monitoring applications
  • 3D visualization
  • Virtual and augmented reality applied to the visualization and conservation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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