Photogrammetry course, May 21-25, Barcelona, Spain.

Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan”, which will be held in Barcelona province from May 21st to 25th, 2018.

Instructors: Dr. Heinrich Mallison (Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity,Germany), Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C., Spain) and Sergio Llácer (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C ., Spain).

AAPA members have a 20 % off on the fee!

This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who routinely work with complex biological structures (specimens) and need to digitise their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, quantitative or biomechanics analyses, etc.
The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using different techniques as laser imaging but mainly photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium-low cost and fast approaches.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to obtain high-quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques.
They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software.


– Monday, May 21st, 2018. Dr. Josep Fortuny and Sergio Llácer.

Course presentation. Start up the software. What is digital modelling? What is this technology used for? The pros, cons and limitations of modelling.
Introduction to CAD. The common file formats in the world of 3D visualisation (.ply, .stl, .wrp, …). Laser technology theory. Laser technology practice (Next Engine).
Geomagic and Meshlab edition of Laser meshes generated.

– Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

How does photogrammetry work?
What are the requirements on images for photogrammetry?
Basic principles of and tools for data capture.
Camera settings and workplace set-up.

– Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

Data capture exercises for simple objects.
Program run-throughs in COLMAP, AgiSoft Photoscan and Reality Capture: Model creation and scaling.

– Thursday, May 24th, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

Data capture exercises for complex objects.
More complex program handling (levelling of models, combining models, etc.).
Basics of post-editing for presentation and 3D printing.

– Friday, May 25th, 2018. Dr. Josep Fortuny and Sergio Llácer.

3D model edition: Geomagics, Meshlab and general applications of 3D modelling (e.g. 3D PDF’s).
Generation and editing of videos.
3D printing.
Demonstration of practical examples from the students’ data and group discussion.