Giza 3d Model

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3D model of the Giza Plateau. Excavations at Gîza VII: 1935-1936. The Mastabas of the Seventh Season and their Description.

Cairo: Government Press, 1953, plan. Excavations at Gîza IX: 1936-37-38. The Mastabas of the Eighth Season and their Description.

Cairo: General Organisation for Government Printing Offices, 1960, plan. Saleh, Abdel-Aziz.

Project Details

HardwarePhase One 100-million pixel ultra-high resolution camera
SoftwarePix4Dmapper photogrammetry software
Outputs3D model
fly-through video

Using the right tools for the project

“Excavations Around Mycerinus Pyramid Complex.” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 30 (1974), pp.

The key to accurately modeling the interior of the Great Pyramid, where lighting conditions are challenging, was the project members’ know-how in capturing data, as well as the technical expertise in utilizing various features of Pix4Dmapper photogrammetry software. Even for the dark and narrow King’s Chamber inside the Great Pyramid, the JEPICO and Hitachi Systems team succeeded in generating an accurate 3D model that provides a faithful reproduction of the real colors and shapes.

Fly-through generated with Pix4Dmapper: Inside the Great Pyramid

Now that remote investigation is enabled by the accurate 3D reconstructions, the team has high hopes for new archeological discoveries, such as the ability to distinguish materials by their image color.

Mr. Yoshimura comments, "I was simply astounded at how, instead of using CGI (computer generated imagery) for reproduction or similar methods, real images were used for the modeling, using the colors of the actual objects. Clear and sharp images and videos like these of the King's Chamber have never been seen before and will be extremely useful in future pyramid studies."

Special thanks to the members of Hitachi Systems and to ImageONE, our premier reseller in Japan, for their help in preparing this article.

Read the full article on Hitachi Systems’ website and watch a 4-minute video introducing the project.

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