3D PRESENTING THE BEAUTY OF THE ABBEY OF CLUNY

Date: 2008 Funds: ERFD Amount of co-financing UE: 969 000 € Bourgogne

3D PRESENTING THE BEAUTY OF THE ABBEY OF CLUNY

Themes: The European next door ; Culture and tourism ; Research and innovation
Beneficiary: ParisTech school of engineering

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3D for culture

While 3D has been used in the heritage domain for some time, existing techniques involve certain limitations... The GUNZO project developed in Cluny (Saône-et-Loire department) intends to move up a gear by implementing in the cultural domain techniques used in the aeronautic industry. This highly innovative project has appealed to a wide range of partners, under the auspices of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts et Métiers: National Monuments Centre, SMEs, university laboratory in archaeology, etc. The GUNZO project consists of 6 phases over 5 years, for a cost of more than €2 million, €900,000 coming from the European regional development fund (ERDF).

 

General public and scientific community

The abbey of Cluny, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2010, is host to the latest technologies to give the most accurate representation of the original buildings. 
Companies in the construction, building and video game sectors are also interested in these 3D techniques, as they can reuse these high-tech tools and technologies to create digital models, 3D scanners, etc.

More importantly, the GUNZO project should ultimately enable scientists to validate the assumptions of historians and archaeologists on the construction methods, materials used, initial colours and ageing.

The GUNZO project should give rise to a number of scientific publications and patent applications.

The GUNZO component was followed by the HELEZON component, also funded by the ERDF, which includes restructuring work and the showcasing of archaeological remains.

 

Additional information

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Total cost: 2 194 000 €

Story

Christian PERE
Ecole Nationale supérieure des Arts et Métiers

With this research project and the help of our multi-disciplinary team, we combined culture with innovation and implemented new technologies to benefit cultural heritage.

Christian PERE - Ecole Nationale supérieure des Arts et Métiers

With this research project and the help of our multi-disciplinary team, we combined culture with innovation and implemented new technologies to benefit cultural heritage. Its successful completion was key to the conservation and enhancement of an exceptional European heritage. The general public can now discover and understand the great Abbey church, which was largely destroyed, thanks to high-tech devices. It should be pointed out that this is more than just a tourism project as we provide scientists and businesses with these technologies as well as our own tools such as our virtual immersion room.

  • Key numbers
    • 60 months of research from 2007 to 2010
    • More than 100,000 visitors every year