Laser scanning, photogrammetry, UAV flight
combined technologies for rapid on-sight 3D capture

St. Aegidius Church 3D Documentation

Monument digitization -
presented on the >Open Monument Day<

We used the time period of the Corona shutdown to carry out a church digitization project in order to make the process and approach of 3D monument documentation easy to understand. We have fully implemented one of our 3D process chains with our interns and documented various options for 3D data processing.

The project, focusing on the small but particularly lovely Romanesque church St. Aegidius, is now presented on its very own website.

There you can learn more about the building research, the variety of airborne and terrestrial 3D scanning techniques and technologies used (including an ultra-light paraglider trike, a drone, laser scanning, and photogrammetry), and the 3D modelling process.

3D modell of the St. Aegidius church in Schoenfeld
3D modell of the St. Aegidius church in Schoenfeld

The project website

A visit to the project website is worthwhile! It is full of extensive and detailed information on the following topics in connection with documenting historic buildings in 3D with a minimal budget:

  • 3D surveying and modelling
  • UV mapping
  • texturing
  • material assignment and PBR
  • multimedia
  • processing
  • building research
Website to present the monument St. Aegidius church in 3D
Website to present the monument St. Aegidius church in 3D

Making local monuments digitally accessible - documenting in 3D and telling a story...

Capturing the entire church in 3D

Using the latest technologies for digital architectural surveying, both airborne and terrestrial, as well as 3D modelling, the 3D monument preservation specialists from the ArcTron company group (Germany) have recorded the Romanesque church of St. Ägidius in three dimensions.

3D-Kirchenaufmaß: 3D-Modell texturiert, xray shaded wireframe und Innenraum shaded.

Reducing the data to a so-called “low-poly” model, which requires less storage space and thus less processing power, ensures that it will be accessible via the internet to visitors on a wide variety of devices and platforms. The reduced model can also be utilised in future projects, whether in VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) applications or in games.

The 3D model is accessible via Sketchfab and can be viewed and experienced from the inside and outside as desired. We hope you enjoy exploring this historic landmark from our homeland!