4D Researchlab

About us

What we do

The 4D Research Lab is located at ACASA (Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology) - Department of Archaeology, and contributes to the Amsterdam Center for Digital Humanities and the Digital Heritage Lab. The Lab facilitates researchers from different disciplines in the Humanities who have specific spatial and architectural, i.e. three dimensional questions that cannot be answered with traditional methods. It provides computing facilities, 3D scanners, 3D modeling programs and the computational specialists to assist scholars in their research to transformations in the ancient built environment. 3D modeling is increasingly becoming an essential research tool. The usage of 3D reconstructions during the research into built environments offers new insights and a new approach for analyzing data. The many perspectives on the actual building itself, its spatial context, and the possibility of visualizing the architectural phases through time (the ā€˜4Dā€™ element), makes 3D modeling an innovative tool for the specialist. The path that leads to the final reconstruction of the building is documented and this documentation generates a vast amount of new data (paradata) otherwise never encountered. 3D reconstructions offer a virtual world where various kinds of experiments can be conducted by scientist from the Humanities. In addition, the Lab is able to disclose the newly generated knowledge and 3D models to a wider public in the form of websites, virtual and augmented reality worlds and various kinds of applications.

  • Research to past built environments
  • 3D registration
  • 3D reconstructions
  • Education: customised BA-, Ma-, postdoctoral courses
  • Valorisation: website, apps