Since 2015, I have been Director of Technology at The Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA).
I work with the Institute’s founder and Executive Director, Roger Michel and international partners such as UNESCO, and Dubai’s Museum of the Future on the development of innovative technology-driven means to document and preserve heritage material.
I have a particular interest in the photographic study and documentation of cultural heritage objects and the application of 3D printing and machining technologies to the restoration or replication of damaged or destroyed archaeological structures and artefacts. This work combines aspects of applied electromagnetism with electrical, optical, and mechanical engineering, and also involves the development of dialogue about what cultural heritage is, what it means to today’s society, and how we can work as an international community to preserve it.
I manage technical aspects of the IDA’s large-scale open-access international database project, The Million Image Database. The database, which targets the collection of images of cultural heritage sites around the world, can be accessed here.
I also direct the IDA’s work on the development of 3D print and machining based reconstruction technologies and over our on-site reconstruction initiative.
In April 2016, I managed the IDA’s installation of a monumental-scale replica of the Triumphal Arch from Syria’s Palmyra site on Trafalgar Square in London. This structure was produced by a combination of photogrammetry-based 3D computer modelling and state-of-the-art 3D machining in stone. You can find out more about the installation here and the manufacturing process here. The event was covered by media organisations across the world — selected articles and documentary footage can be accessed here.
During the week of September 19, 2016 I oversaw the installation of the Triumphal Arch in New York City. The theme of the installation was the role of architecture as an expression of identity. The forms part of a major collaboration between our existing partners and New York museums, cultural heritage organisations, and academics. To find out more, click here.