-A high-definition 3D model of the facade, the roof, the fourth courtyard and half of the central gallery of the Cannocchiale of the Royal Palace of Caserta is nearing completion. The project was realized thanks to a donation from the Micron Foundation, which aims to enrich the life of the community also through initiatives that promote inclusion and enable fair opportunities for all. The initiative is aimed at increasing the accessibility and inclusiveness of the Museum, even for the blind, as part of a broader planning relating to the expanded use of its heritage and overcoming cultural, cognitive and psychosensory barriers in places. of culture. Not only people with visual disabilities will be able to get to know part of the Royal Palace of Caserta through touch, but everyone will be able to live a more complete visiting experience.
The instrumental and three-dimensional survey of the Royal Palace of Caserta was made with laser scanner technology. This technology allows the acquisition of data describing the geometry of the architectural artefact with a high degree of precision. Therefore, it allows to detect the so-called “Point Cloud – Point Cloud” which returns a series of information, metric coordinates, with millimeter precision even at high distances. In addition to this, the instrumentation used detects the “reflectance value”. It leads not only to a three-dimensional rendering of the scale model, but also to identifying its material consistency. In this way, each surface is described both from a quantitative and qualitative point of view. In addition to the metric survey phase, the photographic survey was also carried out.Through the use of dedicated software, the individual scans, carried out from different points (survey stations), were combined into a single Cartesian reference system without alteration of geometric data. This led to the generation of the 3D model, which can be viewed thanks to the over 9 billion points that made up the overall point cloud and the generation of three-dimensional surfaces. The point clouds of the building were then subjected to 2D graphic restitution actions. We then moved on to the reconstruction of the plans, sections and elevations in a vectorial way. The last phase of 3D modeling was carried out with software that allow the geometric definition of the architecture and the “digital sculpture” for tinsel, decorations, shells, leaves and capitals.
Subsequently, thanks to a tactile plant equipped with sensors, it will also be possible to discover the distribution of the internal environments. These sensors, arranged in correspondence with the Royal Apartments, the Staircase, the Palatine Chapel and in the Court Theater, will be activated with a touch, which will start the audio description of the spaces. The 3D model of the Royal Palace of Caserta will be part of the permanent tactile paths that the Museum Institute will make available to its visitors.
The presentation reserved for the press will be held on 30 September.
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