In the spring of 2016, CVAST scanned the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée (Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy) at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris (MNHN). Co-directed by CVAST Executive Director Herbert Maschner and Pierre-Yves Gagnier, Directeur adjoint des collections MNHN, this project had several goals.
The first was to test methods for the virtual documentation of extremely complex and detailed museum exhibits, which was done using both laser scans and photogrammetry. The second was to test methods of segmentation so that individual skeletons and specimens could be separated from the composite gallery reconstructions. Lastly, to provide a plan view and architectural plan for the proposed remodeling of the galleries and building.
An interactive map of the Gallery of Paleontology in ArcGIS can be found here.
These videos show animations of some of the point clouds that resulted from scanning in the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée.
CVAST documented a wide variaty of heritage sites in the region of La Mancha, Spain
Zoology and palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in Paris
3D imaging and computer animation are harnessed to bring fossil dinosaurs “back to life”