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Glasgow set to host Digital Documentation Conference

16 August 2011

Glasgow is set to host an international conference on digital documentation next month.

The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV), a joint venture between Historic Scotland and the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art will welcome an international delegation to the city to foster collaboration on the use of 3D technology and digital imaging.

The conference will showcase how digital documentation, laser scanning, 3D audio and advanced 3D representation is being used in innovative ways around the world and across a number of different disciplines through presentations by some of the worlds leading software developers, surveyors and new media content creators.

Scotland is leading the way in how this technology is applied to the heritage sector through the Scottish 10 Project, an initiative to digitally record all five of Scotland’s world heritage sites and five international sites.

The project aims to enhance remote access and interpretation at sites ranging from the presidents heads at Mount Rushmore in the United States, through to the small island of St. Kilda off the Scottish coast, as well as aiding conservation and preservation for future generations.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who will open the conference said;

“It is fantastic that Scotland is once again hosting a conference of this calibre.

“The Scottish 10 Project is putting us at the heart of this technology and allowing us to work with partners across the globe to digitally record our world heritage sites for future generations.

“We are delighted to welcome delegates to Glasgow and look forward to hearing how this technology is evolving and being applied across a number of different sectors.”

The conference will provide the opportunity for delegates to explore current industry software trends, as well as getting a glimpse into the future of digital technologies. Examples of applied application in surveying, heritage management and new media will also be explored.

Douglas Pritchard, Head of Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art said;

“We are privileged to have such high-calibre speakers from North America and Europe to talk about their experiences in laser scanning and other forms of digital documentation.

“This is a truly international and cross disciplinary conference, to look at the pioneering work that is happening both at home and abroad in this field.”

Alongside the traditional conference format of lectures, delegates will also have the opportunity to see laser mapping in action as well as visit exhibitions from organisations who will be demonstrating their latest high tech projects.

David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland said;

“The conference will not only address how we manage the historic environment, but also how we can work with other disciplines to enhance our understanding of the past. We want to make this as interactive an experience as possible for the those attending the conference. Exhibitors will be demonstrating the very latest digital technology, bringing to life current examples of application and its potential for use across a number of sectors. ”

The two-day conference, which will take place at the Scottish Youth Theatre, is being sponsored by Leica Geosystems Ltd.  Rekha Voralia, Marketing Manager for Leica Geosystems said;

“We are thrilled to be partner sponsor for Digital Documentation 2011, continuing our established relationship with the conference. Digital Documentation provides an opportunity to find out more about innovative ways in which 3D scanning products are being used and provides a platform for informing the industry about new developments in our product range.”

The Digital Documentation Conference will take place on 21st and 22nd September 2011. For tickets and further information please visit

Notes to editors:

The speakers:
Elmer Bol, Alice Labs, Amsterdam, Holland
Erwin Cristofori, Christofori and Partner, Nurnberg, Germany
Seb Jouan, ARUP Acoustics, UK
Ben Kacyra, the CyArk Foundation
Patryk Kizny, Looky Creative, Wroclaw, Poland
Elizabeth Lee, the Cyark Foundation
Brian Mattews, Autodesk Labs, San Francisco, USA
John Meneely, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
Giovanni Pancani, University Florence, Florence, Italy
Dominique Pouliquen, Autodesk Labs, Sophia Antipolis, France
Dr. Gene Roe, Lidar News, Frederick, USA
Dr David Strange –Walker, Trent and Peak Archaeology, Nottingham, UK
Neil Tocher, iSTAR UK

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) most successful higher education institutions specialising in architecture, design and fine art.  It is home to an international community of 1700 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in the schools of Architecture, Design and Fine Art, or at the Digital Design Studio. The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art. The DDS is dedicated to developing ways in which people can engage and interact with data and emerging digital visualisation systems. For further information:

  • Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. With close to 200 years' experience of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems is  best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

  • For further information on Historic Scotland, contact Iona Matheson, Communications and Media Officer on 0131 668 8703/ 07827 956 858 or email

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Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858