Breakout Sessions

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These sessions are offered for delegates participating in the 2017 SEAHA Conference on the morning of Tuesday 20 June 2017. SESSION A will run 9:30-10:30 and SESSION B will run 11:10-12:10.

Delegates will need to book sessions using the following links for Eventbrite. SESSION A and SESSION B will need to be booked independently.


WORKSHOP: Introduction to white light 3D scanning with hands-on training
Dr. Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON 3D Systems; John Rohde, Hexagon UK

After a brief introduction in the theory and practical applications of white light scanning, participants can work hands-on with a different white light/ fringe projection system. For this workshop, we will put emphasis on surface properties of typical cultural heritage materials and their impact on quality of scan results. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples for scanning (please contact the organizers before the workshop if you plan to bring an object).

WORKSHOP: Micro Light Fastness Testing Workshop 
Jacob Thomas, Department of Conservation, Gothenburg University, Sweden and Townshend and Thomas LLP, London, UK; Betty Sacher, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, UK

Three Micro Light Fastness Testing (MFT) instruments will be presented: two are bespoke instruments for applications where portability and re-configurability are prioritized by expert users and the third is a newly developed instrument optimised for ease of use with automatic operation from data collection to report generation. Instruction in data collection to exporting and analysis will be given for each instrument. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands on use of the three instruments at the workshop, and they are invited to bring their own samples for measurement, otherwise model materials will be provided. More information. 

WORKSHOP: Designing for Research Impact 
Alison Heritage, ICCROM; Catherine Dillon, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Qatar; Theocharis Katrakazis, ICCROM

Designing research to generate impact is not straightforward; it takes skills, commitment, time and a supportive working environment. We invite participants to join this interactive session and explore the topic of research impact through from a variety of perspectives. The workshop is structured in two parts, the first a 60 minute panel discussion, and the second a group-work exercise in which participants explore issues of diversity in building strong collaborations (who to involve and how); cross-disciplinary team-working and impact. More information. 


The workshop will be delivered in two sessions:
  •  09:30 – 10:30 What is impact and what does it take to achieve it? (panel discussion)
  • 11:10 – 12:20 Diversity and impact: who to engage and how? (group-work exercise)

WORKSHOP: Computer vision techniques for heritage science
Dr. Giles Bergel, Digital Humanities Research Officer, Seebibyte project; Dr. Abhishek Dutta, Research Software Engineer, Visual Geometry Group (VGG) of the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University

This workshop will outline the state-of-the-art in image search and classification for heritage science, demonstrate several applications currently in use (particularly working on documents, visual art and sculpture), and run hands-on exercises in searching and comparing regions of interest in digital images of printed books, paintings and architectural photographs. Participants will leave the session with a working knowledge of what is possible with current methods, and how they themselves might use it for their own research. More information.

WORKSHOP: HERIe – Assessing the risk of climate-induced physical damage
Arkadiusz Kupczak, Marcin Strojecki, and Leszek Krzemień from Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland; Mariusz Jędrychowski, the National Museum in Krakow, Krakow, Poland

During the session, participants will have the chance to get familiar with the use of innovative modelling software – HERIe. It is a web-based tool, which provides a quantitative estimation of the risk of climate-induce physical damage to heritage objects. The risk is assessed using selected damage criterion, by transforming relative humidity data of real-world microclimates into strain-versus-time histories engendered in specific objects. Participants can bring their own computers in order to analyse their own microclimates data or provided tutorial microclimates data. The HERIe tool is available at

WORKSHOP: Non-conventional photogrammetry
Vladimir Vilde, University College London, SEAHA CDT; Pedro Rocha, University College London, SEAHA CDT
MESHeritage: Modeling Endangered and Sustainable Heritage (

This workshop aims to demonstrate that simple 3D models can be produced using existing footage or images that were not necessarily taken for photogrammetry purposes. We will also introduce ways to share the models from augmented reality to 3D printing. The methods that will be presented in this workshop are most appropriate for lost heritage, for situations tight on time or equipment, and monitoring older or historic states of heritage site, in short, where conventional 3D scanning is not a choice.

DISCUSSION FORUM: Infrared thermography: challenges and opportunities for built cultural heritage assessment and management
Scott A Orr, Oxford University Centre for the Environment / SEAHA CDT

The use of non-destructive infrared (IR) thermography – indirect measurement representing surface temperatures – can be an informative tool for managing and assessing built cultural heritage. It has been employed for many purposes: among others, monitoring air movements through building fabric, locating cracks and voids, and investigating moisture ingress. This session will be a discussion forum to share experiences with IR thermography and exchange views on technological developments, novel applications, and data management techniques. There will also be an opportunity to test a subset of IR camera models.

WORKSHOP: Multispectral Imaging and the Mobile Heritage Lab
Dr Josep Grau-Bove, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage; Cerys Jones, PhD candidate with UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

The workshop will take place in SEAHA’s own Mobile Heritage Lab. We will discuss the Mobile Heritage Lab and its uses, and then will explore multispectral imaging, a technique commonly applied to heritage artefacts and easily transported in the Mobile Heritage Lab. More information. 

TOUR: Brighton Walking Tour
Dr. Sue Berry, Expert on Resorts and the History of Brighton

The tour will include a short walk around the centre of the resort exploring the evidence for the growth of this famous resort from the 1750s onwards. We will head down one of the early roads of shops and other facilities towards the Pavilion and explore why the Prince of Wales chose this already fashionable resort and his efforts to build a distinctive seaside home here. Then down on to the front and view a range of projects of different periods such as the pier and head up a street of Georgian houses.

TOUR: Conservation, Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum
Andy Thackray, Objects Conservator, Brighton Museum; Anne Sowden, Decorative Artist and Glass ConservatorBrighton Museum

**Please note that there is a time difference for this session. There will be two groups for this session one starting at 9:30am and the second at 10:00. The group signed up for the 10:00am tour will miss the coffee break, but will still be able to sign up for SESSION B starting at 11:10.

A tour to see progress on the Saloon restoration project at the Royal Pavilion. Anne Sowden will show participants the redecoration work that is underway in the Saloon to restore the decoration to the 1822 scheme by Robert Jones, and Andy Thackray will show the conservation work underway on the cabinet furniture from the room.

WORKSHOP: Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging 
Adrian Waltho, Analytik Ltd.
SESSION A: Multispectral Image Acquisition and Analysis with VideometerLab
Multispectral/Hyperspectral imaging combines spectroscopy and photography, revealing more detailed information than the human eye can perceive in a scene or object. This workshop aims to introduce the concepts and applications of spectral imaging, using the VideometerLab system as a demonstration tool for the acquisition and analysis of multispectral image datacubes. Different image analysis approaches will be shown in relation to image enhancement and material identification for the heritage field. Attendees are welcome to bring small artefacts or objects to be imaged and analysed with the VideometerLab.

SESSION B: Hyperspectral imaging with push-broom sensors
Hyperspectral imaging combines spectroscopy and photography, revealing more detailed information than the human eye can perceive in a scene or object. This workshop aims to introduce the concepts and applications of spectral imaging, using a Headwall Photonics hyperspectral linear stage scanning kit as a demonstration tool for the acquisition and analysis of hyperspectral image datacubes.

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2nd International SEAHA Conference 2016. Breakout session on 3D scanning.
Photo by E. Keats Webb.

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