Excavations are an essential aspect of the work of archaeologists. They literally dig into the past. Both this process and the resulting stratigraphic relations of deposits and the surfaces in between must be accurately documented for later analysis. Digital technologies, above all Visual Computing, offer many possibilities to support and optimize holistic documentation and analysis of excavations and other areas of archaeological research.

Innovative tool for holistic archaeological analysis

The HMC-Plus system enables comprehensive visual analysis in the field of archaeology by combining different data modalities (Harris Matrix, time models, GIS). The user-friendly tool documents excavation projects in detail and improves the archaeological analysis by linking it with temporal information and geographical data.

Barrier-free art

"The Kiss" by Klimt as a tactile relief.

Especially in a country like Austria, where art and cultural heritage play an enormously important role in society, the question of how to make art accessible to all audiences is crucial. This is why we have been researching new inclusive ways of making art accessible and enriching for all museum visitors through Key Enabling Technologies. Over the past two decades, we have developed several innovative solutions for museums and built a broad network in the field of inclusive digitization.

Tactile reliefs and the interactive Multimedia Guide for Museum Objects

As part of the EU-funded Horizon2020 project ARCHES, which was coordinated by VRVis, we developed two inclusive art mediation tools: the tactile reliefs and the interactive Multimedia Guide, using IT to make visual art accessible to all audiences in a variety of ways.

Digital Preservation

The preservation, monitoring and maintenance of old building structures, which are often part of cultural heritage, is an immense task. Together with Linsinger Ziviltechnik, we have investigated and developed methods that enable the most efficient and precise stocktaking, identification and documentation of changes to buildings. Photogrammetric methods are used to create high-resolution 3D models from a wide variety of image material of an object. These models show the condition of the building structure much more accurately than visible to the naked eye.