The Bernd Breuckmann Award 2017: … and the winner is …!

Gianluca Gariani is the winner of the <ahref=”~/link.aspx?_id=2F898A1206E54240A51897134B5A119A&_z=z”>Breuckmann Award 2017, powered by AICON 3D Systems. Again, in the fourth call for proposals, numerous junior scientists with their elaborate 3D project ideas have applied for the Award. Finally, the five-member jury selected Mr. Gariani’s “How stucco devotional reliefs were made in Renaissance Florence? Scanning hidden secrets of a serial production from Old Masters’ workshops” as this year’s winning project. In 15th century Florence (Italy), people already used to have a kind of serial production: The reliefs with pictures of saints were duplicated by plaster casting and sold. In the light of further copies from the 19th century, the 3D data shall help to work out criteria for a reliable assessment/rating of the replicas. Thus, variations of copies shall be distinguished, but also possible forgeries shall be recognised.

For his project, Gianluca Gariani will be receiving a tuition with an AICON SmartScan. We will provide this mobile, highly precise fringe projection scanner for his work in various museums in France and Italy. The cash price to the amount of € 1,000 will help to cover part of his project expenses. We will keep you informed about the project development on our website.

Mr. Gariani will primarily conduct a quality control on the 500-year-old objects as part of his PhD thesis (ESPRIT). When evaluating 3D data for cultural heritage, more and more emphasis is now set on precision and accuracy. This applies to both shape and colour of the object.

Given the numerous high-quality applications submitted to the Bernd Breuckmann Award, the jury has decided to award an additional special prize again. This time, we will support “The cultural heritage model ship: The shipyard models ofthe whaling ships WALTER RAU and RAU IX digitally processed and presented” of Dennis Niewerth. The 3D data of these highly detailed models shall be used for the documentation of conservation and restoration as well as for virtual representations in the museum.

In this fourth edition of the Bernd Breuckmann Award, the jurors were excited by the elaborate project proposals for 3D scanning projects. Dr. Dirk Rieke-Zapp, AICON Key Account Manager for Arts and Culture, explains: “The increased 3D digitisation of historical objects is gaining more and more importance for research, for documentation and for museum exhibitions. We are happy to support this development with the AICON 3D Scanners andthe Bernd Breuckmann Award.”


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