• Rotate the model = Mouse Left Button + Drag
  • Move light source = Light Control Enabled +
    Mouse Left Button + Drag
  • Zoom in and out = Mouse Left Button on Magnifying Glass / Mouse Wheel
  • Measure the distance between two points = Measuring tape enabled + Mouse Left Button on one point + Mouse Left Button on another point
  • HOME: This returns the model to its original position
  • MAGNIFYING GLASS: This allows you to zoom in and out to see greater detail
  • MEASURING TAPE: This allows you to measure the distance between two selected points
  • LIGHT BULB: This allows you to view the model at different light angles

About the Project

The 3D Cuneiform project is a joint project between the Digital Humanities Centre, the Library at Maynooth University, and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth


This project was conducted as part of the postgraduate module Digital Heritage: Theories, Methods & Challenges (MA in Digital Humanities/MSc Spatial eHumanities) under the supervision of the Lecturer, Dr. Costas Papadopoulos, and the Special Collections & Archives Librarian, Barbara McCormack.

The Team


Digitisation Coordinators:

Eleanor O’Brien

Sarah-Louise Roche

Eleanor and Sarah were the coordinators in charge of digitisation. This involved gathering the sufficient amount of equipment and organising its transportation to the Russell Library. They ensured that there was; two light boxes, oasis, sellotape, cameras laptops and mobile apps to control capturing from your phone, two tripods, two sets of three lights, a colour chart three scales, A4 paper for the background preferably black. They also insured that the photographs were not under or over exposed this involved adapting the aperture, focal length and the ISO. The capturing took place over two days and all members of the team were involved in the capturing process. 


Processing Coordinators:

Amanda Morse

Sean Sourke

Lauren Tracey

The steps involved in processing are: capturing, masking, alignment, dense cloud, mesh, texture, and tiled model. The tiled model is only an option in the professional version of photoscan and was not applied to all models. Each member of the team were allocated two models to process. The geometry building and rendering adheres to the following workflow: aligning photos, building dense cloud, building mesh, and building texture.  The processing coordinators ensured settings were kept as standard as possible, allowing for differences in RAM across machines. Some were not able to generate a dense point cloud on highest and in this case high was used. 


3D Printing Coordinators:

James Byrne

Mario Hawat

After processing the completed 3D models were printed by James and Mario. The 3D printing took place over a two-week period and was done as processing was in progress. The models were made of tablets that had been completed in the Agisoft Software up to that point and was done on a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer. The printer was capable of printing multiple objects at once and this is what was done. The printer would print up to 4 tablets at a time and this made the printing more productive. There were of course issues that were incurred  at first but these issues were quickly fixed.


Online Platform Coordinators:

Fionn Colton

Sinéad Greene

Michael Kurzmeier

This website is hosted by WordPress with the 3D model viewers hosted by 3Dhop. The platform was created and designed by Fionn, Sinéad and Michael. The models had to be converted from their original .obj files into multi-resolution .nxs files in order to be uploaded to the platform.

Software Used Agisoft Photoscan Professional (Ver. 1.4.0)
Project Completed December 2017