Wells Cathedral: a digital analysis of the medieval vaults

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Wells Cathedral: a digital analysis of the medieval vaults

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ImageLiverpool School of Architecture

This lecture introduces the Tracing the Past research project and shares some of its key findings in relation to Wells Cathedral.

https://www.tracingthepast.org.uk
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Some of the most remarkable features of medieval works of architecture, particularly greater churches and cathedrals, are the ribbed vaults spanning their interior spaces. For over nine hundred years, they have inspired worshippers and visitors alike, their eyes drawn heavenwards by these captivating constructions, prompting the question ‘How did they do that?’ No corresponding texts or drawings survive but digital methods now enable us to propose answers. The Tracing the Past project at the University of Liverpool, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has spent the past seven years recording and analysing vaults in England.

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Thanks!
That was an hour well spent (no pun intended), on many levels. It moves quite briskly in a logical progression--you may want to watch it twice. It was encouraging to see such a splendid presentation in 2021. Liverpool University excelled here.

I'd like to see a list of all of the hardware and software tools employed.

Lincoln Cathedral was also studied by the same Liverpool School of Architecture, team:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_qRa1syjBw
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Scott wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:02 pm I'd like to see a list of all of the hardware and software tools employed.
From their webpage....
"Once the laser scanning data has been recorded and processed into 3D mesh models, the next step in our research process is to retrace the intrados lines of the ribs. This is accomplished digitally using Rhinoceros 3D, a specialist 3D modelling platform. Rhinoceros includes a variety of different tools for drawing three-dimensional geometry, including several for taking sections of 3D models automatically. By using these functions on each of the ribs within our mesh models, it is possible to produce a wireframe model of their curvatures, providing the basic framework within which all of our measurements can be taken."

https://www.tracingthepast.org.uk/2021/ ... g_tracing/

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