3D Educational Resources (Photogrammetry)

Check out the project website here.

Background

The first phase of this project is to capture specimens, creating 3D models for instructors to use in class and students to use as reference materials outside of class. Students from a wide range of disciplines will be provided with learning tools to facilitate kinesthetic, spatial, and structural understanding of objects and systems. By generating a library of 3D objects, we will be able to generate interactive virtual models, 3D printed materials, and other valuable resources for learning in online and classroom settings.

Objective

This project aims to create an online repository of three-dimensional resources for academic collaborators and to develop UBC expertise in technological and pedagogical approaches to 3D objects and learning in response to classrooms moving online.

Why 3D Models?

Specimens that are used to teach a wide range of disciplines are often rare, valuable, and irreplaceable. 3D models are accurate and detailed virtual copies that can be supplied to students en masse, providing students with the opportunity to view specimens up close, repeatedly, and on their own time, not only during class. These models also immortalize specimens that may deteriorate over time.

Fig.1 – Caribou skull from the Beaty Museum for Cole Burton, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry

Fig. 2 – Otter skull from the Beaty Museum for Cole Burton, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry

Fig. 3 & 4 – Soil monolith for Maja Krzic’s soil science courses, Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences

The Team

  • Suzie Lavallee – Primary Investigator, Forestry, Provides overall academic direction and engagement with other academic collaborators across UBC.
  • Saeed Dyanatkar – Executive Producer, Oversees project overall objectives, scope and budget, manages the team from an HR perspective.
  • Michael Sider – Producer, Advises on and oversees the project management and technical aspects of the project.
  • Sharon Hu – Project Coordinator, Coordinates the project’s resources and tasks, facilitates workflow and lends expertise on incorporating emerging technology within the online classroom.
  • Michal (Mike) Suchanek – 3D Acquisition Specialist, Oversees all technical aspects of the project (hardware and software) as well as the workflow of 3D acquisition (photogrammetry, 3D scan, etc.)
  • Sam Peng – GAA (Graduate Academic Assistant), Facilitates communications between the technical team and faculty collaborators, responsible for organization of specimens and for compiling documentation.
  • W Chung – 3D Designer, 3D design and optimization.

Students

  • Yousra Alfarra
  • Sharon Chen
  • Michelle Huynh
  • Hanson Lee
  • Jinil Patel
  • Sam Yousefifard

Emerging Media Lab

  • Dante Cerron – Software developer
  • Daniel Lindenberger – Acting supervisor
  • Catherine Winters – Lab supervisor

UBC Studios Support

  • Andrew Wang – UBC Studios Operations, Provide operational support for the project.

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

  • Maydene Ling | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – created FAQ videos
  • Dr. Trish Varao-Sousa | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – created student feedback survey

Academic Collaborators

  • Maja Krzic – Associate Professor in Forest and Conservation Science and soil scientist, UBC Forestry, A collaborator who needs approximately 10 soil samples called monoliths scanned.
  • Susan Rowley – Associate Professor and curator of MOA, UBC Anthropology, A collaborator who needs specimens located at the Lab of Anthropology scanned (list to be determined).
  • Darlene Weston – Associate Professor, UBC Anthropology, A collaborator who needs more than 200 human bones scanned.
  • Cole Burton – Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Terrestrial Mammal Conservation, UBC Forestry. A collaborator who needs approximately 10 skull specimens scanned.
  • Dr. Julie Cool, Wood Science, Forestry
  • Dr. Nicholas Coops, Forest Resources Management, Forestry
  • Dr. Kevin Fisher, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
  • Dr. Timothy Inglis, School of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Claudia Krebs, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Vincent Leung, Instructor, Wood Science, Forestry
  • Dr. Matthew McCarty, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies

Past Team Members

  • Jazica Chan – Work Learn Student, assisted in design and optimization process (May 2020 – Aug 2020)
  • Emma Ng – Work Learn Student, assisted in 3D acquisition + design and optimization process (May 2020 – Aug 2020)