30 April 2020 | 10:00 - 16:00 BST Online | Zoom

This event has been adapted to our virtual platform to keep our speakers and delegates healthy but well-informed on the issues in digital preservation! 

The DPC invites you to join us for this briefing day to learn about the challenges of preserving 3D models and hear examples of how organizations are tackling this issue. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe challenges and solutions from their own contexts and the day will include opportunities for Q&A and broader discussion within a panel session. 


This briefing day will explore the challenges around the preservation of born digital design records, both those 3D models that are created prior to the construction of a building and those created retrospectively as a tool to help manage and monitor existing assets (for example in the heritage sector). These models typically encompass both 3D elements and database information associated with the geometry. The complexity of the digital objects, their reliance on proprietary software and file formats and a fast changing technical environment can make working with this type of data a challenge for those who wish to share, exchange and re-use 3D models in the course of their work. Add in the longer time scales required in order to preserve selected models for future generations, and the challenge grows.

The day will open with case studies from speakers from different sectors, articulating the challenges of working with this type of data. Digital preservation experts from a range of organizations will describe a variety of standards, methodologies and approaches that have been employed in the preservation of 3D models and a panel discussion at the end of the day will provide an opportunity for Q&A and will attempt to draw out some recommendations for those who are facing this challenge.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and engage with fellow practitioners. We aim for attendees to leave with new ideas and greater confidence in working on the preservation of 3D models in their own institutions.

Indicative Programme

10:00 Tea, coffee, registration

10:30 Welcome

10:40 The challenge of using geospatial survey to digitally preserve the nation's heritage by Paul Bryan, Historic England

11:00 Preservation of Digital Twins for a Geological Disposal Facility: Challenges by Henry Pairaudeau, Radioactive Waste Management

11:25 Information Management, interoperability and the Construction Industry: it’s importance and lessons learnt by Fiona Moore, Centre for Digital Built Britain

11:50 Future proofing 3D models: a software industry perspective Marek Suchocki, Autodesk UK

12.10 Lunch

13:00 Sustaining 3D CAD - the Aerospace Experience by Sean Barker, Independent Consultant

13:30 A practical case study about metadata by Michelle Lindlar, Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology

14:00 Emulation and 3D design assets: benefits, challenges, and getting started? By Euan Cochrane, Yale University (pre-recorded presentation)

14.25 Tea/coffee break

14:45 Practical case study - TBC

15.15 Panel Session

15.50 Final Questions & Next Steps

16.00 Close


Who should join online?

This online workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators with collections that contain 3D models

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers who look after 3D models or who expect to receive them in the future

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing 3D models

  • Practitioners who create or work with 3D models with an interest in how they can be managed and maintained for the long term

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about the preservation of complex digital objects


Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation or 3D models to attend this briefing day. Attendees will benefit from a basic knowledge of digital content in general, how it behaves, and the over-arching challenges to preserving it.


How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 23rd April 2020 and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. Registration is free for DPC members and £275 for non-members.

There is a limit of 5 places per Full Member and 1 place per Associate Member and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event. To check if your organisation qualifies for free attendance, please check the members list. If you have any questions about registration please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Briefing days usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the promotional code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 23rd April 2020, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.


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