Digital archaeology field recording in the 4th dimension: ArchField C++ a 4D GIS for digital field work

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/621248
Title:
Digital archaeology field recording in the 4th dimension: ArchField C++ a 4D GIS for digital field work
Authors:
Smith, Neil; Howland, Matthew; Levy, Thomas E.
Abstract:
With the rapid adoption of laser scanning and photogrammetry among the archaeological community the creation of point cloud `data scaffolds' and digital documentation of archaeological sites is now becoming common. In field excavations, however, the continual exposure of archaeological layers requires a digital toolset in which to record, categorize and spatially locate artifacts, installations, and loci within a site's daily 3D or aerial scan. We present ArchField C++, the latest version of our digital field recording software that enables real-time digital GIS 3D Top Plan production within a rendering engine designed for visualizing massive 3D datasets. ArchField directly connects to Total Stations and our RTK GPS units to record sub-centimeter measurements for artifacts, scanning markers, loci boundaries, and camera positions. The processing pipeline enables the generation of publishable orthographic and perspective maps from the first day of excavation to the last. As a backend it uses a PostGIS database and the ability to export and import various vector, raster, DEM and 3D datasets that can be hosted by on-line geo-referenced databases. We present the application of ArchField C++ to our 2014 field excavations of the early Iron Age site of Khirbat al-Jariyah located in Southern Jordan.
KAUST Department:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Citation:
Smith NG, Howland M, Levy TE (2015) Digital archaeology field recording in the 4th dimension: ArchField C++ a 4D GIS for digital field work. 2015 Digital Heritage. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419505.
Publisher:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Journal:
2015 Digital Heritage
Conference/Event name:
2nd Digital Heritage International Congress: Analysis and Interpretation - Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards - Digital Heritage Projects and Applications, Digital Heritage 2015
Issue Date:
25-Feb-2016
DOI:
10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419505
Type:
Conference Paper
Sponsors:
KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Neilen
dc.contributor.authorHowland, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorLevy, Thomas E.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T06:56:24Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-03T06:56:24Z-
dc.date.issued2016-02-25en
dc.identifier.citationSmith NG, Howland M, Levy TE (2015) Digital archaeology field recording in the 4th dimension: ArchField C++ a 4D GIS for digital field work. 2015 Digital Heritage. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419505.en
dc.identifier.doi10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419505en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/621248-
dc.description.abstractWith the rapid adoption of laser scanning and photogrammetry among the archaeological community the creation of point cloud `data scaffolds' and digital documentation of archaeological sites is now becoming common. In field excavations, however, the continual exposure of archaeological layers requires a digital toolset in which to record, categorize and spatially locate artifacts, installations, and loci within a site's daily 3D or aerial scan. We present ArchField C++, the latest version of our digital field recording software that enables real-time digital GIS 3D Top Plan production within a rendering engine designed for visualizing massive 3D datasets. ArchField directly connects to Total Stations and our RTK GPS units to record sub-centimeter measurements for artifacts, scanning markers, loci boundaries, and camera positions. The processing pipeline enables the generation of publishable orthographic and perspective maps from the first day of excavation to the last. As a backend it uses a PostGIS database and the ability to export and import various vector, raster, DEM and 3D datasets that can be hosted by on-line geo-referenced databases. We present the application of ArchField C++ to our 2014 field excavations of the early Iron Age site of Khirbat al-Jariyah located in Southern Jordan.en
dc.description.sponsorshipKAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)en
dc.subjectGlobal Positioning Systemen
dc.subjectarchaeologyen
dc.subjectcamerasen
dc.subjectcartographyen
dc.subjectdigital elevation modelsen
dc.subjectgeographic information systemsen
dc.subjectgeophysical image processingen
dc.subjectphotogrammetryen
dc.subjectCamerasen
dc.subjectData visualizationen
dc.subjectDatabasesen
dc.subjectRendering (computer graphics)en
dc.subjectSoftwareen
dc.subjectThree-dimensional displaysen
dc.titleDigital archaeology field recording in the 4th dimension: ArchField C++ a 4D GIS for digital field worken
dc.typeConference Paperen
dc.contributor.departmentKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabiaen
dc.identifier.journal2015 Digital Heritageen
dc.conference.date28 September 2015 through 2 October 2015en
dc.conference.name2nd Digital Heritage International Congress: Analysis and Interpretation - Theory, Methodologies, Preservation and Standards - Digital Heritage Projects and Applications, Digital Heritage 2015en
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of California, San Diego, United Statesen
kaust.authorSmith, Neilen
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