EPOCH – TOOLS

 


 

MeshLab
MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes.
The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes.
The system is heavily based on the VCG library developed at the Visual Computing Lab of ISTI – CNR, for all the core mesh processing tasks and it is available for Windows,Linux (src) and MacOSX (intel only).



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ARC 3D WebService
ARC 3D is a group of tools, allowing users to upload digital images to ARC 3D servers where a 3D reconstruction is performed of the scene and report the output back to the user. ARC 3D also provides a tool for producing and visualising the 3D scene using the data computed on the servers.
The first simple application is the upload tool. All that is required is that a sequence of images is uploaded to the server. The order of the images can be set by the user, and the images can be subsampled before uploading for a faster service. This is where the service really does its work. ARC computes the reconstruction also over a distributed network of PCs. Depending on the size, number and quality of the images that have been uploaded, a typical job may take from 15 minutes to 2 or 3 hours.
Once the reconstruction has been successful, the system notifies the user by email. They can then use this data to produce a 3D model with the model viewer tool.



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AMA – Archive Mapper for Archaeology
AMA is a tool created for mapping existing archaeological datasets, including excavation databases, museum collections and free text data, to a CIDOC-CRM compliant format.
The AMA web tool allows users to import XML data models of their existing archaeological archives and to map them to the CIDOC-CRM ontology schema, creating direct relations with the CIDOC classes. The tool also allows the definition of simple and complex relations among the already mapped elements to enrich their semantic meaning.



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MAD – Managing Archaeological Data
MAD is an application designed to store, manage and browse structured and unstructured archaeological datasets encoded in a semantic format. It can be used as an on-line tool or can be easily integrated with existing or newly developed applications.
MAD provides a semantic browser with faceted browsing interfaces to access and filter information stored in the XML database in an innovative and meaningful way. MAD query features include simple, complex and semantic query. Basic geographic query features are also provided. MAD provides flexible modules to implement a semantic engine for any kind of context requiring semantic capabilities.



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VhdPLUS
VHD++ is a highly flexible and extendible real-time framework supporting component based development of interactive audio-visual simulation applications in the domain of VR/AR with particular focus on virtual character simulation technologies. It relies heavily on multiple, well established OO design patterns, uses C++ as the implementation language and Python as a scripting language. The framework allows for automatic exporting of its component extensions to the Python scripting layer making quick system prototyping and testing easy.
The overall architecture of the VHD++ framework is constructed around the following key semantical elements: vhdRuntimeEngine: a generic, entirely reusable, high performance operational kernel, vhdServices: freely extendible set of plugable service components encapsulating heterogeneous simulation technologies, vhdProperties: hierarchical data components representing both system and simulation state forming runtime application graph and allowing concurrent mechanisms to operate on them.



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The CityEngine
CityEngine is a system using a procedural approach based on L-systems to model cities. From various image maps given as input, such as land-water boundaries and population density, our system generates a system of highways and streets, divides the land into lots, and creates the appropriate geometry for the buildings on the respective allotments.
The CityEngine, a 3D modeling software for urban environments, will be commercially available in May 2008. Anyone interested can register on the newsletter onhttp://www.procedural.com.



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The EPOCH Viewer
The Epoch Viewer is a tool for interactive display and exploration of 3D scenes containing digital 3D artifacts. It is not only a viewer for static, pre-defined scenes, but it also allows to compose, edit, and save 3D scenes.
It supports 3D object formats that are specifically developed for CH. It has an integrated scripting language that allows to attach scripted behaviour to each object, which can even be used to realize 3D user interfaces.



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MobiComp & Cimad
These tools provide components to support manage and coordinate context-aware applications in the Cultural Heritage domain.
The main component is MobiComp, a framework to store, retrieve and aggregate context elements, i.e. heterogeneous static and dynamic information about the entities involved in an application (e.g. people, exhibits, devices, sensors). A context-element includes: a subject-predicate-object triple – relating an entity identifier to a named context value – a time-stamp, and additional specifiers (e.g. validity period and privacy level).
MMPI – MobiComp Multi Platform Interface – is an alternative – servlet based – Interface to MobiComp that removes the need to have a JVM installed on the client side. With MMPI MobiComp may be accessed from “any” platform (language, OS) provided with a network interface and a browser.
CAB (Cimad Application Broker) is an MMPI based PHP web site. CAB registers on MobiComp Context-aware applications published on the web (CIMAD applications) and enables the users to choose their preferred CIMAD application.



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Mini-Dome
The Mini-Dome is a tool to digitise small artefacts, for on-line presentation and analysis, including relighting and filtering functions.
The tool is a single integrated system, with all required hardware and software. The hardware can be transported easily (dome can be disassembled)
Copy of the mini-dome is under construction at KULeuven, not financed by Epoch, for future use in Cultural Heritage
Conditions:
Preferably rental service through Network of Expertise Centers



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InMan – Interpretation Management
he InMan (Interpretation Management) tool provides a methodology and practical framework to document, publish, share and store sustainable 3D visualisations of historical buildings and landscapes.
The tool is wiki-based and records in detail the interpretation process that turns the available data into 3D visualisations. The report describes the implementation of the tool, the benefits and the use by the 3D visualisation community.



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