COVID-19 changed the world. The inability for prospective students to visit and explore the IU’s campuses increased the need for a way to digitally explore them. For this reason, the IU3D team digitized as many of IU’s state-of-the-art facilities as possible during the pandemic. The IU3D initiative, a project of UITS Research Technologies, exists to understand, document, digitize, and distribute 3D content. The effort aims to centralize 3D digitization expertise, share learned experience, and grow 3D digitization impact for the IU community and beyond. There are multiple ways to capture data for 3D object creation including photogrammetry, Matterport, GoScans, drones, LIDAR, and volumetric capture. IU3D Hub is a database of objects and spaces digitized by the IU3D initiative. This work will continue to benefit prospective students and parents who may not be able to physically visit a campus to explore, as they will be able to explore the campus
Kirkwood Hall, built in 1890, is currently home to the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, & Design apparel merchandising, comprehensive design, fashion design, and interior design classrooms and studios. This building is also home to MAD LAB III, which has laser engravers and 3D printing. Other interesting features of Kirkwood Hall include textile testing, taber abrasion testing, collaboration spaces, project display boards, and active learning classrooms. Collaboration spaces are equipped with monitors so that students can wirelessly connect their devices in order to work in collaborative groups and present their work. Active learning classrooms have flexible furniture that allows for quick adaptation for lectures, in-class exercises, and dynamic learning options. Project display boards show recent design work by interior design students. This is one of just a few buildings with a full representation of the exterior of the building which took approximately two additional hours to complete. Explore Kirkwood Hall in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, & Design collection via the IU3D Hub.
The IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center was born from the efforts of Indiana University South Bend students and professors in 2008-2010. They transformed a once-segregated city swimming pool into the active learning center it is today. The Center’s story is used to share past and present issues of civil rights and social justice. It explores the civil rights struggles of the past so people can take action in the present and build a better future. At the Center, you’re encouraged to learn more about the history of racial injustice, the continuing fight for civil rights, and the issues people continue to face. You can learn even more about the history of the Natatorium, attend an event, check out a book from the library, or view any of the thousands of local history documents, photographs, and oral histories they have available. Visit the historically significant IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center via the IU3D hub.
“Support from the IU RT team allowed our space to continue thriving by welcoming people virtually where they could not safely come physically. It has been an incredibly useful tool not only for the South Bend community, but communities around the world who now have an opportunity to see and learn from this space like never before.” said George Garner, assistant director and curator, IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center.
Support from the IU RT team allowed our space to continue thriving by welcoming people virtually where they could not safely come physically.
The Georgina Joshi Recording Studio was completed in 2018 and was made possible by a gift from the Georgina Joshi Foundation. According to their website, “The studio features a 48-input Pro Tools HDX system with an Avid S6 control surface, 7.1 surround sound monitoring, and is designed for a hybrid analog-digital workflow. The main studio can accommodate up to 25 musicians and has four isolation booths. The Joshi Studio hosts advanced multitrack studio classes and is frequently used by Jacobs School ensembles, faculty, and guests for recording projects.” Virtually explore the Georgina Joshi Recording Studio via the IU3D Hub.
The IU Northwest (IUNW) Arts and Sciences building, which opened in 2017, houses classes for the College of Arts and Sciences. This building is the biggest scan the IU3D team has completed to date. Some of the interesting features of this building include two theaters, machine rooms, and clay sculpting rooms. There are 870 different scan locations for this building and it took approximately three days to complete. Explore the IUNW Arts and Sciences Building via the IU3D Hub.
Franklin Hall appears old from the outside, but once you see the inside, you realize it has a lot of modern technology and equipment.
Franklin Hall, built in 1907, underwent a 21 million dollar renovation in 2014. Jeff Rogers from the IU3D team mused, “Franklin Hall appears old from the outside, but once you see the inside, you realize it has a lot of modern technology and equipment.” Some of the stunning features of Franklin Hall include a central commons with a glass ceiling and an interactive 24-foot by 12-foot screen, the Beckley TV studio equipped with eight HD cameras and connections to the Radio-Television Center and the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology, game design labs, and research labs for the Institute for Communication Research. The scan was one of the IU3D team’s favorites and it took the team effort of Katie Chapman and Matt Mercer approximately two days to complete. Virtually explore Franklin Hall via the IU3D Hub.
These are just a few examples of the rich collection of resources that can be found via the IU3D Hub.