26 October 2017

Highlands & Islands

Venue: Lews Castle, Stornoway

Time: 13:00 to 16:30

Technology is being used to enhance experiences, enable way finding and improve accessibility of Heritage sites and artefacts. From laser-scanning and virtual recreations, to museum experiences and artefact preservation, technology is playing a new role in Heritage.

The special topic for discussion at this event is laser-scanning, visualisations and reconstructions.


Hands-on demonstration on arrival (13:00)

Welcome - Nick Smith, Heritage Manager, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Presentation 1 - Glasgow Caledonian University


Presentation 2 – St Andrews

Close (16:30)


Presentation 1 – Eddie Horn from GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment will give an overview of recent developments in 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry technologies for creating accurate 3D digital models. The presentation will include a case study of a recent scan of the Callanish Standing Stones and discuss how the resulting 3D data can be used in a variety of applications from VR to 3D print.

Eddie Horn previously worked in the private sector as an Interactive Producer developing and creating multimedia applications and websites for a range of industries. Then moved to Glasgow Caledonian University and established a suite of undergraduate and post-graduate courses specialising in digital media technology with a particular emphasis in 3D visualisation. Areas of interest and research include Laser Scanning, Photogrammetry, 3D modelling and Animation, Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Presentation 2 – St Andrews, Dr Richard Bates and Dr Bess Rhodes

With the increasing popularity of Photogrammetry to digitise 3D objects and the availability of Game Engines capable of handling large and detailed landscapes there are new and exciting ways of working with digital heritage. This session will look both at current digitisation capabilities and how these can be used not just in big show cases but also in medium and small museums. Combining digital reconstructions with mobile phones enables makes virtual time travel possible. We will look at how to create authentic accessible reconstructions and use them in exhibitions and apps.

Dr Richard Bates, is a Reader at University of St Andrews. Richard has a long standing association with the digitisation of heritage data working on projects across the globe. He has a particular interest in island archaeology with current projects in the Western Isles and Orkney that include digital survey on land and water. Richard has also pioneered the application of digital technologies to bring alive digital sites, working with GIS and game engines to turn survey data into interactive digital models and simulations.

Dr Bess Rhodes is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews and is currently head of history at Smart History. Bess holds a Doctorate in history from St Andrews and has recently worked on the Iron Age, Medieval and Modern periods. She specialises in archive research and is great at turning up new finds and highlighting significant events in accessible language. Bess has recently worked for Historic Environment Scotland researching Edinburgh Castle and Scottish tournaments. She has also worked in developing content for virtual reality apps such as Edinburgh 1544.

This event is free to attend and fully funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and organised with the support of Interface, as part of the Year for Heritage, History and Archaeology. Special thanks to St Andrews and Glasgow Caledonian University for taking time out to come and share their expertise.




Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. HIE are committed to helping enterprises of all sectors and all sizes to make the most of digital technology in the way they operate and promote their business. Find out more at http://hellodigital.scot/

2017 has been designated the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to celebrate Scotland’s unique history and heritage through a series of exciting events and activity, highlighting and celebrating both our tangible and intangible heritage – our buildings, visitor attractions, archaeological sites as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture – all with a focus on engagement and participation.

Interface connects organisations of all sizes, from all sectors, to the right academic expertise for increased R&D activity leading to the creation and development of new products, services and processes. Our free and impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive enabling them to increase their profits, maximise their export potential and ultimately become more sustainable. Interface can help organisations access a range of funding options to offset the cost of their project and with team members on the ground, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, we can help businesses wherever they are, whatever their need – contact us to find out more.

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. With a strong background in delivering digital projects for the Heritage sector, including Timespan, the Open Virtual Worlds Research Group was established in 2007 with a focus in creating digital historic scenes. 

Glasgow Caledonian University are an international centre of excellence in Higher Education. The School of Engineering and Built Environment brings together the Department of Construction and Surveying, Department of Engineering and Department of Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems. Inter-departmental collaborations allows the school to combine traditional knowledge with cutting-edge practice.