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Thursday, September 29 • 10:50am - 11:50am
SketchUp for Cultural Heritage and Education

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Prof. Matthew Nicholls (Oxford University, University of Reading) has built a huge model of ancient Rome in SketchUp. This talk will look at; what the model shows, how it was made, and how it has been used to bring the ancient city to life through numerous education and heritage outreach projects. Including a free online course (MOOC) taken by over 62,000 people which incorporated footage of the Rome model as well as SketchUp models for learners to navigate and explore.
Over time we’ve seen how 3D modeling for cultural heritage impacts the learner’s journey.
The Rome project has also been used as the basis for numerous education, publication, broadcasting, and public engagement projects, including a series of large physical models of Roman buildings made from SketchUp blueprints by the model studio of the architects Foster + Partners for their new Roman museum in Narbonne, France. Matthew also teaches university students to use SketchUp, and will talk about integrating digital modeling into university curriculum.

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Matthew Nicholls

Professor of Classics, University of Reading
Dr. Matthew Nicholls is a historian of ancient Rome in the Department of Classics in the University of Reading, England. His work with digital modeling for research, teaching, and outreach has won various awards  He works with SketchUp as a Visiting Professional helping to introduce... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2022 10:50am - 11:50am PDT
Room 209