Orla Majella Murphy – University College Cork

The aim of this paper is to critically evaluate the Polhemus FastSCAN handheld laser scanner as a method of creating reusable learning objects (RLOs) from laser scans of medieval stone monuments. It is an interdisciplinary, inter institution approach. The effectiveness of the methodology will be measured by focusing on a monument in Munster and the generation of a RLO from the data. Initially the equipment and method will be discussed and the process described. 

The paper will highlight a single site. The outputs of the data, in this case the models, are such that they may be presented in many forms: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, hard copy, electronic and virtual. Thus they can be accessed by many levels of viewer / interrogator; they may be enjoyed simply as pretty pictures, or in the spirit of this paper promote a meaningful way for all levels of interested stakeholders to access and participate in this interdisciplinary approach. Finally the conclusion will analyse the results and evaluate the method’s usefulness in generating RLOs for a range of end users, not simply a range within the field of education but for conservation, preservation, and illumination of sculptural decoration, texts and images lost for centuries.