Visualization and Extraction of Carvings for Heritage Conservation

Kai Lawonn, Erik Trostmann, Bernhard Preim, Klaus Hildebrandt
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. IEEE Visualization), Volume 23, Number 1, page 801--810 - jan 2017
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We present novel techniques for visualizing, illustrating, analyzing, and generating carvings in surfaces. In particular, we consider the carvings in the plaster of the cloister of the Magdeburg cathedral, which dates to the 13th century. Due to aging and weathering, the carvings have flattened. Historians and restorers are highly interested in using digitalization techniques to analyze carvings in historic artifacts and monuments and to get impressions and illustrations of their original shape and appearance. Moreover, museums and churches are interested in such illustrations for presenting them to visitors. The techniques that we propose allow for detecting, selecting, and visualizing carving structures. In addition, we introduce an example-based method for generating carvings. The resulting tool, which integrates all techniques, was evaluated by three experienced restorers to assess the usefulness and applicability. Furthermore, we compared our approach with exaggerated shading and other state-of-the-art methods.

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@Article { LTPH17,
  author       = "Lawonn, Kai and Trostmann, Erik and Preim, Bernhard and Hildebrandt, Klaus",
  title        = "Visualization and Extraction of Carvings for Heritage Conservation",
  journal      = "IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. IEEE Visualization)",
  number       = "1",
  volume       = "23",
  pages        = "801--810",
  month        = "jan",
  year         = "2017",
  url          = ""

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