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3D Surveying of Archaeological Monuments

High Crosses

Kinnitty High Cross

3D Animation & Interactive Model of Kinnitty High Cross

Scaled Section Drawing of Kinnitty High Cross

Tihilly High Cross

3D Animation & Interactive Model of Tihilly High Cross

Durrow High Cross

3D Animation, Tour & Interactive Model of Durrow High Cross

Seir Kieran High Cross base

3D Animation, Tour & Interactive Model of Seir Kieran High Cross

Scaled Section Drawing of Sier Kieran High Cross base

Rahan Monastic Site

3D Animation & Interactive Model of Rahan Monastic Site

Gallen Monastic Site

Interactive 3D Model of Gallen Monastic Site

C17 Hugenot Glass Making Furnace at Glasshouse

Interactive 3D Model of Glass Making Furnace

Axonometric Drawing of Glass Furnace

Cadamstown – Ardara Bridge

3D Animation & Interactive Model of Cadamstown – Ardara Bridge

Carved Stone in 3D

Offaly County Council has been working to record a number of structures and carved stones in the county using 3D modelling and putting them up on this virtual gallery. We would like to hear your comments on how you find this section to use, please email This work was funded by Offaly County Council and the Heritage Council. The work was carried out by ArcTron 3D. All of these and more can be viewed on the Offaly ArcTron website.

ArcTron used a structured light scanning technique to record the 3D geometries of the stones. This technique is accurate to within a 10th of a millimetre and is capable of capturing structures which are not clearly visible to the naked eye. These high resolution 3D models enable access to details of the carvings and buildings that can be hard to examine in detail on site and which are not always easily accessible.

Using Sketchfab you can zoom in, turn the model around, alter the angle and look at any detail you wish to examine in your own time. The 3D model can also be rotated which causes light to shine across the carving obliquely thus increasing the visibility of barely visible carvings. It is recommended to view the carved stone in “Matcap” which shows up the details best. The files open in ‘Base Color’. You can change this using the “Model Inspector”.

In addition for the Durrow High Cross site we have developed a programme with Arctron where there is an explanation for each panel and an interpretation of each scene.

A separate project run by NUI has scanned over 300 inscribed stones at Clonmacnoise see,