Badia Camaldolese di Volterra


The scanning of the apse

Location: Volterra, Tuscany, Italy

Institute: ISTI-CNR

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The place is an old monastery in the outskirts of the town of Volterra, dating back to the 10th-11th century.

The structure has been expanded and modified many times over the centuries and it was severely damaged by an earthquake in the 19th century, and shortly later abandoned. The whole building is undergoing a process of slow recovering and restoration, with the aim of potentially reusing the building. The scanning campaign covered the remains of the church, in order to produce accurate and effective documentation for possible interventions, and to help better understanding the reasons of the collapse, through the study of the available historical sources, chronicles and a virtual reconstruction of the church in its original state.

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Terrestrial Laser Scanning - Phase based

For the size of the object we required detail and rapid digitization.

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FARO Photon 120

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

MeshLab for 3D scanning data processing and model creation,

AutoCAD for the virtual reconstruction of the original state

Model usU

Model Use

The model is not publicly available; it can be released for scientific  purposes, by obtaining the permission from the superintendant. The 3D online browser is still not publicly accessible at present.

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

Field scanning - data exporting: single scans to pointclouds with normals - pointclouds cleaning (trees, unwanted areas, people, "ghost" points) - alignment of scans (markerless, using the geometric redundancy) - surface creation - model editing for 3D printing - creation of hi-res orthographic views for technical documentation - extraction of measurement / sections / notable points for virtual reconstruction of the original state - virtual reconstruction of the original state.

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

3D HOP  - Able to convey the hi-res model


Licence for Dataset

Paid Access - No Re-use