Detecting a three-dimensional figure, an object, a person or whatever else has a complex shape can be the solution to various needs in the fields of design, trade and cultural promotion.
The three-dimensional surface survey of the Riace Bronzes using structured light scanners and optical triangulation scanners, was achieved thanks to the precision provided by the 3D scanners (quantity of points recorded per shot and speed of execution), and proved useful inasmuch as it made possible the study and modelling of even complex geometries characterising structures and mechanical parts and which was necessary for their preservation and handling.
The three-dimensional models of the Riace Bronzes made by digi.Art were used by E.N.E.A. (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) for the realisation of the earthquake-proof bases of the Riace Bronzes and by I.s.C.R. (Higher Institute for Preservation and Restoration) to make the carbon vests of the Riace Bronzes.
The three-dimensional survey of the surface patinas carried out on the Riace Bronzes made it possible to obtain an image as spatially correspondent as possible of the anomalies
due to the permanence of the statues on the seabed.
The result of the three-dimensional scans was also useful for the production of MIBACT’s official DVD on the Riace Bronzes which explains the history of the warriors, how they were discovered and the technologies used to preserve them.