The Scottish Ten project commenced in late 2009, and set out to digitally document Scotland’s five World Heritage sites and five international heritage sites, in order to better understand how to conserve and manage them. It has been delivered as a partnership between HS and DDS (as CDDV) with CyArk.
Phase 1 of the Scottish Ten has focused on completion of fieldwork for each of the ten sites, and production of basic deliverables (generally a geo-referenced registered point cloud, 3D images and an animation. 3D models have been produced for elements of each project too.) The main objective of this phase has been in the acquisition of data to create an accurate 3D record, and now that these digital assets exist, there is much scope for further work. Building partnerships and communicating the messages of the Scottish Ten have also been key goals.
Phase 2 of the Scottish Ten project will focus firmly on re-purposing of Scottish Ten digital assets created in Phase 1. These assets will be used for research (building on those with whom we have already shared the data), dissemination, learning and engagement. We will actively and collaboratively seek funding to develop dissemination tools to help understand and access this data. This will involve the use of mobile apps, augmented reality, virtual reality viewers, to name just a few access tools.
We are currently trialing the use of head-mounted displays for fully immersive Scottish Ten experiences. We demonstrated these at the Engine Shed Doors Open Day in September 2015, and had a great response from the public. Once fully developed, we will deliver these immersive experiences through our learning programme and at the Engine Shed.
In 2016, the Historic Scotland Digital Documentation team will relocate to the Engine Shed, with the Technical Education & Outreach and Science teams. Digital documentation will be a focus area for interpretation in the Engine Shed along with traditional skills, materials and science. The range and extent of academic and commercial collaboration in digital documentation will be showcased, emphasising their benefits to Scotland, along with cutting-edge technologies for the heritage sector. It is envisaged that digital assets acquired through the Scottish Ten project will be a core part of the Engine Shed experience.
Digital assets from the CDDV team will be used in the virtual learning environments created as part of the Engine Shed learning experience. There will be interfaces between digital documentation and traditional skills, using 3D models to illustrate best practice. A postgraduate qualification in Technical Conservation will be offered at the Engine Shed, and within this there will be a module on Digital Documentation, putting into practice the lessons learned on the Scottish Ten project.
The Scottish Ten team from Historic Scotland and the Digital Design Studio at The Glasgow School of Art are currently undertaking a 3D digital documentation project for the Forth Bridges, in partnership with Transport Scotland and Network Rail.
The Forth Bridge was successfully inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2015 and the team’s work contributed to the UNESCO nomination. This complex and challenging project uses the skills and expertise the team have developed through the Scottish Ten, and will deliver an educational resource to enable school children to understand more about our sixth World Heritage Site.