Ar3Digilab laboratory

Aree di Ricerca:

Cultural Heritage – Advanced Materials

Parole chiave:


3D models, GPR scanning, Augmented reality, Cultural heritage

The Ar3Digilab laboratory was born from the long experience gained by a group of researchers of the institute operating in the field of diagnostics, in the development of new materials and in the design of ad hoc instruments devoted to the study of Cultural Heritage. Since the 90s the group had experimented with methods of automatic surveying on field realizing virtual paths within museum environments. The three-dimensional survey is the most promising frontier in the documentation of cultural heritage and following the technological innovations the lab over the years has been implemented, also thanks to the many projects funded in the field, with cutting-edge instrumentation and dedicated software both home-made and commercial.


  • 3D models of archaeological sites, objects and monuments
  • 2D models of parietal decorations, mosaics and paintings
  • Immersive photographic paths with multimedia contents and augmented reality
  • GPR scanning of subsoil and identification of buried structures
  • Inspection of underwater structures


The laboratory is equipped with the latest generation of mobile and fixed equipment for on field and lab applications, devoted to the 3D rendering of objects of both small and large dimensions, terrestrial in the subsoil and under-water, with the aim to realize virtual paths, to solve reverse engineering problems and augmented reality.

  • FARO Laser Scanner FocusS di CAM2
  • FARO CAM2 Laser ScanArm V3
  • FARO Freestyle3D Scanner – Efficient handheld 3D laser scanning
  • IDS GeoRadar
  • OPTIMET MiniConoScan 3000 with ConoProbe 1000
  • CANON EOS 7D digital camer for automatic immersive photography

This last system has been ad hoc designed for automatic immersive photography. It is composed of two stepper-motors and two geared motors driven by a BX24 type μP system setted to perform a number of shots proportional to the field angle and then to the focal point of the optics on the equipment. The laboratory also has plotters, scanners, graphic workstations and a 3D printer for small objects.