RealityCapture for Culture competition [ENDED]



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    Gerber- Färberbrunnen

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    Railway sleeper

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    Tübinger Tor, Reutlingen

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    Robert Kraczek

    Church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Old Oleszyce 

    I would like to present one of my scans which is abandoned orthodox church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Old Oleszyce erected in 1913. After an expulsion of people living in the area of Oleszyce in 1947-1989, building was used as a magazine. It is one of many historic abandoned buildings in the area that must be preserved before forgetting. During this project the biggest challenge was scanning of roof in the east side of the building. This building is surrounded by trees, however the roof in the eastern part is covered by branches. However, the lasso tool proved irreplaceable!!! Everything except uv correction in areas covered by branches was processed in RC.

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    Entry done using RC DEMO

    France, Gigean (close to Abbaye de Montceau, in forest, site de la Gardiole)

    Dry stone shelters. Used by shepherds, are testimonies of the history and work of the rural world.

    Apparition at the end of the Neolithic until its disappearance at the beginning of the twentieth century A.D.
    In the fields of funeral architecture, rural or urban housing and the art of fortification.

    In eastern Languedoc, the first known manifestations of dry stone masonry are attributable to the Chasséens (3800-2500 B.C.), and to the Ferrériens (2750-2200 B.C.). The former used them for their habitat: their huts exhibited a base of slabs laid in a circle around a block or flat slabs (Buzignargues – Hérault). The others used dry masonry in the burial construction and in their permanent habitat: walls serving as lateral supports to the chambers or corridors of their dolmens; Simple siding wall used as a foundation in their habitat (Mas de Grézan, Nîmes – Gard).

    shooting done using phone device Honor 8 pro
    2997 images (2960 x 3952 pix), raw format
    done in 4 days for 1 hour each time at different times and different weather

    result is 2899/2997 cams

    but I have a connection problem on the roof left

    It's clearly beyond the capabilities of my computer to be able to make a single piece model of this cloud of points, I won't try.

    So I rebuilt the centerpiece, the little niche. The door is 1.6 meter high (5.25 feet).
    Normal Detail: 104.7 m Tris

    here is the video I done using an external screen graber (56 s)
    an other video showing camera around the point's cloud

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    Hi! After the photo session of the windmill, I took some pictures of the wooden house from Jacowlan in Podlasie folk-cultural museum. 

    Wooden house - Jacowlan near Sokółka, Poland from the 2nd half XIX century

    The cottage, brought from the village of Jacowlany near Sokółka / Poland, was the oldest monument in the Sidra commune. It was translocated to the open-air museum of the Podlasie folk-cultural museum located in Wasilkow. The building typical of the East-Podlasie construction industry, dating from the late nineteenth century, has been repeatedly rebuilt along with the changing needs of subsequent owners. Although this is not a very old building, it is valuable in the entire collection.


    Screenshots from zbrush made only for preview, 


    Model simplification in RC from 1.4 billion triangles to 18 million for further reconstruction with 16k diffuse map. Model used in sketchfab 2.4mln triangles 
    Created in RealityCapture by Capturing Reality from 581 images

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    Nathan Anderson

    Terezia Mine - Salina Turda, Romania

    This photogrammetry captures the Terezia mine in Salina Turda, an ancient salt mine in Turda, Romania, dating back to the 10th century. Since 1992, the amazing mine has been preserved as a tourist destination, and fitted with attractions such as a ferris wheel, paddle boats and a table tennis courts.

    The incredible Terezia mine is a 90m high conical shape, including a wooden bridge to an island of beautiful glowing light sculptures, surrounded by a dense salt lake.  On the giant conical wall, look for a cascading waterfall of salt which formed when miners breached the wall of the cone and flooded the mine.  The space also has incredible acoustic properties, returning thunderous echoes throughout the chamber.

    This ambitious location was captured over an afternoon by Start VR as part of the Atlas Obscura virtual reality project. The data set included over 2000 photos, taken in difficult low light conditions. Capture included photos from the ground with a tripod and 4 metre pole, overhead drone, and even from the paddle boats in the surrounding lake.

    We tried a number of photogrammetry programs to process this diffcult data set, until arriving at Reality Capture which gave us results that blew us away, far beyond our expectations for such a difficult and quick shoot.

    Have a look at the model here:

    You can also see the finished processed models from around the world as part of Atlas Obscura VR, trailer here:

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    Nathan Anderson

    Hall of Earth - Temples of Humankind, Damanhur, Italy

    Sometimes refereed to as a "hidden eight wonder of the world", deep within the hills of the Italian Alps is an awe inspiring system of ornate underground temples known as the Temples of Humankind. This incredible feat of art and engineering was built by hand by members of the spiritual community known as The Federation of Damanhur, beginning in secret in 1978, lead by community leader Falco. Each underground temple is distinctly themed and decorated to represent a unique element of the Damanhur spirituality, linked by a maze-like system of elaborate tunnels, including secret mechanical walls and moving staircases.

    This particular temple, known as the Hall of Earth, is dedicated to the planet Earth and all living things, both in life and death. Each member of the community creates a clay statue which represents their spirit, you can spot these placed around the edge of the floor.

    This ambitious location was captured over an afternoon by Start VR as part of the Atlas Obscura virtual reality project. A data set of around 500 photos was captured over the course of a few hours and processed in Reality Capture for viewing in VR. We chose Reality Capture because it was so fast and able to resolve so many more of the intricate details in the room, such as the tiny statues and the relief work.

    Have a look at the model here:

    You can also see the finished processed models from around the world as part of Atlas Obscura VR, trailer here:

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    Andrea di Filippo

    Good evening.

    I want to show you the model of the Pompeii Amphitheater built by me. It is a 3D reconstruction from photos acquired by drone. Specifically, the set includes about nine hundred nadiral and oblique sockets. I hope you can appreciate my work.

    Best regards


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    Hi All!

    I would like present some beautiful place from Szczecin (Poland) - called Wały Chrobrego.

    Wały Chrobrego (The Chrobry Embankment) is located along the Odra River. It was built on the grounds of the former Fort Leopold (kind of military building) in the beginning of the 20th century and then named Hakenterrasse, after the mayor of Szczecin Herman Haken. As the only place in the area was not destroyed during Second World War. We don't know why. Perhaps Wały Chrobrego was a kind of landmark during allies air bomb raids, maybe it was not visible from the air - there were scattering lamps or maybe it was planned as a base of Allies in the recovered Szczecin. After the War it was renamed after Boleslaw Chrobry - the first king of Poland. Today Wały Chrobrego is the most representive place in Szczecin - the only such urban complex in Europe.

    For the reconstruction I used:

    • 10 laser scans
    • 454 aerial photos (UAV)
    • 1785 photos from the ground

    Video of my workflow :)

    You can see also simplifed point cloud here.

    And some screenshots:


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    This movie shows one method of hitting control points (CP) with suggest points.
    - Camera setting and position in this movie was not appropriate. This is a mock drill.
    - The 3D reconstruction quality in this movie didn't show this application's originally performance.

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    Hi there,

    here one of the models we are using for our VR-simulations.

    Der Löwe von Aspern (lion of aspern) is a war memorial

    by Anton Dominik Fernkorn

    from 1858

    it is situated in Austria, in Vienna, 22. district


    The model is optimized for experiencing it in Virtual Reality together with other models and scans.


    Hope to bring you more soon, sketchfab and homepage will be updated soon!

    There are more and there will be more soon on sketchfab.


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    Jiří Krejčí


    we liked to contribute with National memorial monument of heroes involved in operation Anthropoid (Národní památník hrdinů heydrichiády).

    Crypt of church st. Cyril and Metoděj in Prague, Czech republic became of last stand seven brave Czechoslovak soldiers before they died in react on assassination Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich - Operation Anthropoid. In memories of: Jan Kubiš, Jozef Gabčík, Adolf Opálka, Josef Valčík, Josef Bublík, Jan Hrubý, Jaroslav Švarc.

    more history at wiki:

    Workflow video

    SketchFab profile

    Created in RealityCapture by Capturing Reality from 385 images in 03h:06m:44s.

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    Bangkaenoi Temple, Thailand 

    Thailand has many Buddhist temples. Bangkaenoi temple is located just outside Bangkok. Although, this is a local temple not widely known to the tourists. It houses elegant wood carving displayed on the temple walls that are second to none. The carvings depict the Ten reincarnation and the life of the Buddha. The walls are also decorated with the gold leaf painting technique. The ceilings outside are decorated with stuccos depict the story about Ramayana. The entire decorations take ten years to complete.

    Since we scan both the interior and exterior, so we think it is interesting to make a cross-section gif for it.

    Technical notes:
    This 3D model was created solely in RealityCapture with no post processing using 2,000 pictures. We are amazed by the detail that can be accompilshed from RC. We also like the Sketchfab feature of auto switching between LD/HD tex. Since we have to use 32 texs to capture all the details. We are planning to do VR interactive application about this place. It will be freely downloadable. Please stay tune to our website Thank you.


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    Marcin Dabrowski



    Zalipie, a village in southern Poland, is most famous for its folk art. Local artists have been covering houses in traditional floral motifs, a custom with roots back in the 18th century, when housekeepers would lighten sooty interiors of their huts by covering them with limewash. Through the 19th century the practice evolved into a habit of decorating cottages - both on the inside and on the outside - with colorful painted ornaments. The tradition has been kept up in the 20th century by dedicated artists like Felicja Curyłowa (1904-1974) and - thanks to her and her followers - to this day we can admire unique local art, and house painting contests are still held to support this live tradition. The 3D model shows an extraordinary example of a painted interior and was created based on an exhibition room in Dom Malarek (Painters’ House) in Zalipie, a cultural center that promotes traditional Zalipie folk art.

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    JP stapleton

    Stoneware Water Filtration Jar and Conglomerated Bottle (19th Century) - South Africa’s Eastern Cape

    This is a salt glazed, stoneware jar used to filter and store drinking water removed from the shipwreck of the British warship Birkenhead (1852). Part of the jar’s protective basketry remains as well as a green bottle marked with the word ‘PATENT’, likely used for liquor or wine. The artefacts are joined by a form of iron corrosion product called concretion that forms underwater, trapping any nearby objects and stones inside it.

    The Birkenhead was a troop transport carrying reinforcements for to East London in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Shortly after crossing False Bay, the vessel struck a rock off Danger Point, quickly filled with water and sank. Of the 638 people on board, only 193 were saved. The Birkenhead is memorialised as the first implementation of the “women & children first” doctrine as the soldiers remained on deck to avoid swamping the ship’s boats.

    The name ‘Doulton & Watts’ stamped upon the copper alloy tap is the historical name for Royal Doulton companies used between 1827 and 1854. During this period Doulton & Watts were based in Lambeth, England and specialised in stoneware.

    Another interesting feature is the seam visible on the shoulder of the bottle, illustrating the moulding process used in its manufacture.

    A final point of interest is the cylindrical void in the concretion. This was created by the growth of the concretion around an object that is now absent, leaving a cast of sorts. These sorts of casts often preserve details help archaeologists identify objects that have since corroded away.

    Sadly, this object was taken off of the wreck by treasure hunters and thus its exact context on the site has been lost.

    In a time of drought this object holds special poignancy, reminding us of the technologies used in the past and highlighting means of purifying drinking water in our present.


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    Lighthouse of the City of Chania.

    The lighthouse of the City of Chania on the island of Crete is the most recognizable part of the city and is one of the oldest in the world. It is 21m high build on stone base and is located at the entrance of the Ancient harbour's pier of The Fortress of Firkas.
    It was build by the Venetians at the end of the 16th century and was reconstructed by the Egyptians in the form of minaret during the Egyptian period around 1830-1840 when the English had assigned Crete to the regent of Egypt.
    During the Turkish Occupation, the harbour of Chania and the lighthouse were neglected and abandoned.
    The lighthouse is often referred to as ' Egyptian' because it was built during a time where Crete was occupied by Egyptian troops who were supporting the weakening Ottoman Empire against the rebelious Cretans.
    The current lighthouse tower is mounted on a trapezoidal base which holds since the Venetian Era.
    The base of the lighthouse is still the original Venetian base.
    The tower is divided in three diverse parts: the base is octagonal, the middle part has sixteen sides, and the third part is circular.
    The 'Egyptian' lighthouse was leaning badly due to bombings during WWII and earthquakes but it was extensively renovated in 2005-2006.
    The Chania light house is a great example of how multicultural invaders do not respect the culture of the invaded country.

    The 3D model was created from images shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional before sunrise during the morning of the 11th of May 2018.
    Because we can never predict what historical turns wait around the corner i belive its a monument of great historical importance that is worth preserving in a digital form.


    Photo captured at the Sunrise

    Aerial 360 Captured at the Sunrise just after the capturing of the images for the 3D Reconstruction:


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    Marek Janacek

    I decided to capture one station of the Cross at the famous Via Crucis in Římov (Czech Republic), which was founded in 1658. At this pilgrimage place, located at the area of 5 km, there are 25 baroque chapels originally decorated with wooden statues inside, which, unfortunately, have been stolen. So that´s my reason for capturing the statues at Calvary which have been preserved.
    XXIII. Calvary
    A small steep hill, on which three high wooden crosses, restored in 1840, are mounted. The crucified figures are painted on a cut sheet metal. The middle cross, which is the highest one, carries the Christ himself, the lateral crosses carry the bodies of two thieves - Dismas and Gesmas. Between the crosses, there are stone statues of Virgin Mary, Saint John a Saint Mary Magdalene, created in 1705 by Friedrich Haslinger of Horn. 


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    Rebekah Hart

    Here is my entry for the competition. It is of the Lock Keepers Cottage at Brookfoot Lock, Calder and Hebble navigation, Brighouse, West Yorkshire. It is a grade II listed building and dates to the late 1700s.

    It was taken using a Canon EOS 1000D and in places a photography pole to get the roof's detail. It was then processed in Reality Capture from point cloud to mesh, and editted in RC to remove as many stray triangles as possible. It was then uploaded to Sketchfab. 

    To see the model:  

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    Squiz "Buffon"

    This is my presentation to the competition, using RC Demo.
    The scanned figure is a kind of squid known as "Bufón" made by Antón Salgueiro. This was done on the seafront Moaña, a small town the Rías Baixas, Galicia (Spain).
    This is one of the several monuments we have, and it has been a sucess since its inauguration. Since then many children climb the sculpture to walk around and have fun. Because of direct exposure from the sun many of its crystals have lost their color.
    I used a small objective of polarized light in the camera to decrease the brightness and so get a better and interesting result to capture the geometry in the best way. I have used 244 photos in the alignment, processing it into a highpoly mesh of 193 M and simplifying it to 8 M. That model has been textured to 8k.



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    Needle’s Eye

    Here is my entry for the RealityCapture for Culture Competition, I thought I would pick a slightly different monument, one with an interesting story. 

    Needle’s Eye is believed to have been built in order to win a wager. One night the inebriated Earl Fitzwilliam accepted a wager that he could not “drive a carriage through the eye of a needle”.

    Needle’s Eye was built around 1746 and is around 14m tall, it’s one of three follies on the Wentworth estate and is a Grade II* Listed Building in Wentworth, Rotherham, UK.

    Images taken on a Canon EOS 7D using an 18, 50 and 135mm lens. Images under the arch where taken with and without a flash to help with illumination. Images where masked in some areas, and some images where only used for geometry and not texturing to manage the mixed lighting.  The camera was mounted on a 3m pole for some images and wirelessly triggered to capture some of the higher level details.


    Processed with normal detail which produced 236M tris, simplified down to 1M.


    Link to Sketchfab Model


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    I think that RealityCapture is a great tool to study history of humans. Does it sound unbelievable? So...please, see my point :)

    Monuments stand on many roads. Some of them commemorate the victims of terrible conflicts, such as Great War. Their history is written in them, but today it is often unreadable without special tools. My experience indicates that one of these tools may be RealityCapture!

    I have already study a few memorials commemorating the victims of the Great War about which scientists wrote "unreadable inscriptions". One of them is in small village - Sowno. Thanks to close range photogrammetry I got to know names of victims from this village , date of their death and military troops in which they served. Furthermore...I got to know the creator of the monument.

    You can see 3D model of relief panel on stone war memorial in Sowno here:

    And here you can see the results of raw point cloud analysis (you can zoom in using scroll and change the image using the arrows):

    Here you can see a movie with a few examples - models made in RC: (with English subtitles)


    Signature of the monument's autor:

    Part of inscription:

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    Ricardo Cabral

    Hi. Here is my contribution for the competition:

    A Renaissance church located in Beja (Portugal) which is believed to have originate in the Visigothic period, possibly in the seventh or eighth century. During the Muslim invasion of the Iberian peninsula it was converted into a mosque. In 1259 a new church was built under the invocation of Santa Maria, on the initiative of Afonso III of Portugal. 

    It was scanned in one day with a Leica BLK360, Sony A7rii, and a photomast. Model and texture quality are severely reduced due to Sketchfab's amazing timing on canceling PRO accounts. (<50mb).

    Benches and other "damaged" furnishings were later retopologised and imported on UE4 for VR (this is the original model from RC).


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    Monika Urbanczyk

    The cottage from Old Grzybowszczyzna half of XIX century 

    located in Podlasie folk-cultural museum in Wasilkow / Poland

    A cottage that evokes many memories and tears from our grandparents. And today I also cried, because of the fight against time! 

    It is an object from the mid-nineteenth century. It is typical for the eastern Bialystok region, becouse of the connected residential and commercial part under the same roof. The building is built on a foundation of loosely laid field stones. The walls have a log structure and a total-panel structure. A smoke-type roof is covered with thatch. Old Grzybowszczyzna in the Krynki commune is a village where Eliasz Klimowicz (Prophet Ilia) was raised. He was an illiterate peasant, a charismatic orthodox leader.

    I made 1662 images outside ( and 670 inside - but the interior model is waiting still to calculate). The plan was to combine my photos with photos of Grzegorz Kawecki with cottage standing next to mine in the open-air museum. In total, we have over 2,200 photos. Nice idea but to much for the PC. In the end, we had to recalculate the cottages separately, and finely I had to calculate it in Normal mode becouse of the deadline.

    Images was made with Nikon D810 / Sigma Art 50mm

    1506 cams and 822 M tris 

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    Iulian Drug

    WIP of a Northern right whale(Eubalaena glacialis) skull. This model is a part of the entire skull and was uploaded to SketchFab directly from RC, without any post. I cannot wait to bake the normal on the final version!


    The model was done during a project that started 2 weeks ago that involves the scan of the entire skeleton of this endangered marine mammal at the Copenhagen Zoological Museum. The goal of this project is the documentation and digital conservation by means of photogrammetry for the Natural History Museum of Iceland, to be used for research and dissemination purposes in the future.  

    Specimen information:


    Iceland, 1891

    Captain Laurits Bay

    Head: L=4.2m, B=2.5m, H=2.0m

    Pectoral fin: L=2.0m, H=0.9m

    Body (spine): L=9.5m


    WIP skull model specs:


    2452 images

    Nikon D850 + Sigma 50mm Art lens

    Normal Reconstruction: 1.2 Billion tri’s

    SketchFab size: 1 Million tri’s, 8K texture

    Full skeleton specs:


    105 individual bones scanned

    55.000 + photos

    2+ TB of Raw image data

    2 people, 9 working days

    Processing time: … we’ll keep you posted :)

    Onward to texturing now :)


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    Second part of the photogrammetric survey of medieval Walls of Pisa.

    …Work in progress…

    175 m - 1837 photos

    Nikon D750 - 35mm sigma



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    Ben Kreunen

    The Grotto: William Ricketts Sanctuary:

    I added the challenge of shooting with an iPhone and very simple gear to see how far I could push the principles. 1,576 images with an iPhone 8 + scale bars.