Photography based 3D modelling, reconstruction, laser scanning and photogrammetry

Written by Paul Bourke

The following relate to model reconstruction using mainly photographic techniques, often referred to as photogrammetry, but also from other scanning technologies such as laser scanning.

I am available as a consultant on matters relating to the material found here. I can offer an end-to-end photographic 3D reconstruction service, from taking the photographs, textured mesh reconstruction to mesh editing and clean-up (if necessary).

Reconstruction Portfolio

Pricing to reconstruct objects of your choosing depends on their nature and is quoted on a case by case basis. For more information please contact the author by email, preferably with a few photographs of the objects in question. Other examples can be found on my

Sketchfab channel

Miscellaneous topics

3D Reconstruction of a human body
3D Reconstruction of a human body (Test model)

Extreme macro 3D reconstruction.

Removing shadows from 3D reconstructed models.

Laser scanning vs 3D reconstruction. A comparison and discussion of the relative merits between laser scanning and photogrammetry.

Projecting laser scan data for CAD tracing

3D reconstruction: A study of the effect of resolution and colour

Guiding notes for photographing for 3D reconstruction

Reconstruction of medical samples in pathology: an experiment

Workflow for reconstruction using PhotoScan: Beginners guide

Accuracy and photographic reconstruction

Repeatability accuracy in 3D reconstruction

Workflow for comparing two photogrammetrically reconstructed meshes

PhotoScan to PovRay animation

Manual reconstruction from photography. Manually reconstructing heritage buildings from photographs. Examples from Um er Rasas (Amman, Jordan), Qasr Kharana (Amman, Jordan) and Tomb of Cyrus.

Creating 3D engravings by manually painting depthmaps. Example from Borobudur.
Creating depth maps from 3D models using PovRay.
Depth map example from focus stacking

3D scanner notes (May 2015)

Representations of laser scan data

3D scanning - a Summary
I can't smell mothballs. Because it is so hard to get their little legs apart. Steve Martin
Papers
Pilbara Rock art: laser scanning, photogrammetry and 3D photographic reconstruction as heritage management tools. Heritage Science. (Springer) 4 July 2017. DOI: 10.1186/s40494-017-0140-7

Automated 3D model reconstruction from photographs. Proceedings of VSMM 2014 International Conference. IEEE Xplore Conference Publications. DOI: 10.1109/VSMM.2014.7136644, pp 21-24.

Automatic 3D reconstruction: An exploration of the state of the art. GSTF Journal on Computing, October 2012, Volume 2, Number 3, pp 71-75, ISSN 2251-3043.

Workshops
3D reconstruction from photographs. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. March 2019.

3D model reconstruction from photographs. Sri Lanka, May 2017.

3D model reconstruction from photographs. Singapore, December 2016.

Automated 3D Model Reconstruction from Photographs. ECU, Western Australia. September 2014.

Automated 3D Model Reconstruction from Photographs. Digital Humanities Australasia 2014. UWA, Western Australia. March 2014.

Automated 3D model reconstruction from photographs. VSMM (20th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia), Hong Kong. December 2014.

Automated 3D Model Reconstruction from Photographs. CGAT - 6th Annual International Conference on Computer Games Multimedia & Allied Technology. April 2013 (Singapore).

Presentations

3D Reconstruction of Heritage Objects from Photographs. AESWA (The Ancient Egypt Society of Western Australia Inc). Perth, July 2014.

Automated 3D Reconstruction from Photographs. OzViz, UWA, December 2012.
Posters
Photography based 3D reconstruction for archaeology and heritage recordings. eResearch Australasia. Oct 2015.

Development of Digital Techniques for Open Pit Mapping, Coolgardie, Western Australia. SEG 2014: Building Exploration Capability for the 21st Century. Colorado, USA. September 2014.

Automatic reconstruction of 3D geometry from photographs. eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney, October 2012.

We must be clear that, when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. Niels Bohr

Exhibitions

Capturing Perth. A selection of 3D model and other image captures from Perth city.

Contributions to Songlines Exhibition. National Museum of Australia, Canberra. September 2017.

Contributions to Songlines Exhibition. National Museum of Australia, Canberra. September 2017.

Automatic reconstruction of 3D geometry from photographs. eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney, October 2012.


Contents :  Papers, Presentations, Workshops
Geometry, Surfaces, Curves, Polyhedra
Fractals, Chaos, Self similarity
Domes, Planetariums, Fisheye, Spherical Mirror
Stereographics, 3D Projection
Panorama, 360 Video
Photographic Reconstruction
Miscellaneous: Projection, Modelling, Rendering
Data Formats: 3D, Audio, Image
Texture Library
Fun, Puzzles, Travel
All pages in one place
New/Updated :  FleetFeet/Volumental BMF file format
Triple Dragon fractal
Animated tilings
Filling a 3D volume with ellipsoids, and other shapes
Durehedron solid
Experiments in Reverse Perspective
Tools for Spherical Mirror Projection
Offsite :    FaceBook, Sketchfab, YouTube, Vimeo, Shapeways

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