What is IU3D?
IU3D is the Initiative to Unify the Digitization, Display, and Distribution of Indiana University’s three-dimensional assets. IU3D brings together expertise and resources for 3D digitization and display with the goal of supporting innovative research, education, and outreach projects across the University. We share best practices and learned experiences to help expand the use and impact of 3D technologies at IU and beyond. Our motto is: “Scan your world. Share your world.”
IU3D is a unit of the Research Technologies (RT) division of University Information Technology Services (UITS). It draws upon services and expertise from other RT and UITS units, especially the innovative display and advanced imaging techniques of the Advanced Visualization Lab, and the novel photogrammetry and exhibit techniques pioneered by the CyberDH team.
What services does IU3D provide?
Our team provides three major areas of expertise and support:
- 3D Digitization Methods – We support a comprehensive set of hardware, software, and workflows for digitizing a variety of physical spaces (building interiors, building exteriors, terrains) and physical objects (various sizes, geometric complexities, material types).
- 3D Exhibit Development – Our expertise covers the complete lifecycle of exhibits: from ideation and development to deployment and long-term support. Our methods include in-person exhibits for museums and public spaces, as well as online exhibits for universal accessibility from personal devices.
- 3D Data Management – We draw upon local and national best practices for metadata standards and data management workflows to ensure the sustainability and reusability of IU’s 3D assets well into the future.
What are the benefits of scanning and sharing?
While the applications and benefits of 3D scanning (digitization) and sharing (distribution and display) are as diverse as the areas of study at IU, it is helpful to consider the following broad categories:
- Record. Museums, galleries, departments, and individual researchers can create digital twins of objects, spaces, and ephemeral exhibits to allow for accurate documentation and future reference.
- Examine. 3D scans facilitate research and planning on objects and spaces that rely on the study of 3D properties when those objects and spaces are unavailable or impractical for direct measurement.
- Connect. Sharing digital twins of objects and spaces allows collections and departments to connect with larger audiences through digital exhibits, online viewers, and virtual tours.
- Immerse. Interface techniques such as direct manipulation, augmented reality, and virtual reality have been shown to extend engagement time, improve learning outcomes, and create a sense of presence with digital twins. All IU3D workflows and data formats support immersive interface options.
- Create. 3D digitization and output methods enable the remixing of digital twins for a wide array of creative activities, from digital sets and virtual environments, to interactive media and computer-assisted multi-dimensional prints.
How do I work with IU3D?
To schedule a consultation, please contact IU3D.