Clepsydra was founded in 2006 as a result of a homonym national funded research and development project. The laboratory is accommodated in the premises of the Athena Research and Innovation Centre in Xanthi, Greece and it is focused on the digitisation, archiving, visualisation, management, promotion and dissemination of digital replicas derived mainly from the cultural heritage domain. Its personnel is composed of active researchers and specialised scientists with multidisciplinary backgrounds. For over a decade Clepsydra has worked in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Department and the Archaeometry and Physicochemical Measurements Laboratory of the Athena Research Centre composing an integrated interdisciplinary environment capable of handling a vast range of R&D challenges that have strong impact in the cultural heritage domain. It holds an EN ISO 9001:2000 quality management system for 3D digitisation services. Its current infrastructures consist of commercial and in-house developed experimental and hybrid digitisation systems. More specifically, it includes one of the three available in Europe, non-portable, 3D laser scanning triangulation systems that is based on white-laser technology, time-of-flight terrestrial LIDAR, adaptable automated portable 3D colour digitisation systems for movable objects that are based on professional photographic/lighting equipment and automated turntables, structure-light 3D scanners, multispectral cameras, projection units, video/sound editing systems and book scanners.
Some of the most prestigious terrestrial/aerial 3D digitisation projects involve monuments that are included in UNESCO’s lists. Some of these are: Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Northern Greece (Church of the Holy Apostles, Church of Panagia Acheiropiitos, Rotonda of Galerius), Archaeological Museum Delphi (The Charioteer, Sphinx of Naxos, The omphalos of the earth, Acanthus Column), Delphi archaeological site (Ancient Theatre), Exekias pottery (UZH). Other large-scale digitisation projects are: Monastery of Panagia Kosmosotira (Feres), Monastery of Panagia Kalamou, Immaret, Kutuklu Baba Tekkesi, Archaeological site of Abdera, Old towns of Xanthi, Kavala,Serres,Argostoli and Drama (Saint Barbara springs area), Byzantine Castle of Kavala.
Aerial and terrestrial 2D/3D digitisation services supported by commercial and in-house built methodologies and data collection automations for small-to-very-large scale assets.
Production of high quality 3D digital replicas enriched (annotated) with on-surface mapped physicochemical properties.
Virtual 3D/2D photorealistic reconstructions of small-to-very-large scale assets based on architectural, historical, archaeological and other documentation sources.
Assets dissemination through Virtual Reality, Augemented Reality, mobile and Web-based applications.
Photorealistic and non-photorealistic visualisation/rendering of 3D digital assets for replicas.
Data processing, knowledge extraction, documentation, virtual and/or actual restoration through 3D printing.
Storing and managing digital assets with automated categorisation, data annotation, indexing, retrieval & interactive visualisation.
Software development focused on domain specific challenges by exploiting computer graphics / vision, machine learning and data annotation technologies.
Custom 2D/3D data collection automations development based on various electronic prototyping platforms.
+30 2541 0 78787
Fax +30 2541 0 63656
clepsydra at athenarc dot gr
PO Box 159, Kimmeria Campus, 67100 Xanthi, Greece
Ν41° 8' 7.00", Ε24° 55' 15.95"