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National Discovery Museum Institute, Autodesk to Digitize Artifacts from 1,500 Thai Museums

National Discovery Museum Institute in Bangkok, Thailand

BANGKOK - The National Discovery Museum Institute and Autodesk recently announced a joint effort to digitize collections from 1,500 museums nationwide using Autodesk ReMake.

The project will see NDMI and its member museums converting 2D photos and scans of important historical artifacts into high-definition 3D digital replicas, and the digital assets will be hosted on NDMI's website to create new virtual experiences and touchpoints for people anywhere in the world with Thai culture and history.

"This project that we're embarking on with Autodesk is important for several reasons. We're in a race against time when it comes to preserving artifacts, and it's impossible to showcase all of the artifacts in our vast collection to the public. Thailand is headed towards a digital future, and NDMI is adopting cutting-edge technology to not onlypreserveourpast, but to engage the digitally savvy, younger generation and help them learn about our history in an interactive manner," National Discovery Museum Institute Director Rames Promyen said while speaking to reporters at Autodesk University ASEAN.

NDMI conducted a pilot in June 2016 to digitize some of its artifacts using laser scanners previously and found the equipment required costly and the level of technical expertise needed could not be scaled across its large network of museums.

Autodesk ReMake was chosen for this project because it is an end-to-end solution that converts 2D photos or scans of real-life objects into high-definition 3D models. This process is called Reality Capture, and ReMake makes this accessible to users with little or no 3D modeling expertise.

To kickoff the project, NDMI and Autodesk has started rolling out a training program to five museums representing each region in Thailand.

These are:

  • Central region: Museum Siam and Thammasat Chalermprakiat Museum
  • Northern region: Chiang Mai National Museum
  • Northeast region: Sakon Nakhon Museum
  • Sothern region: Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies
  • Western region: Sa Ko Si Narai Museum

"We're honored to play a role in preserving such invaluable pieces of Thai culture and history. Once artifacts have been digitized, the possibilities are limitless. We can use augmented and virtual reality to help people 'experience' history firsthand, or we can even bring these artifacts and the stories of their historical significance to more people with 3D printing," said Arpaporn Suporntip, Autodesk Country Manager for Thailand.

"This is only the first phase of what will be an ongoing project. Once we have introduced Autodesk ReMake and Reality Capture to our member museums, we will work to increase our collection of digital artifacts every year," Promyen said.

About Autodesk

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About National Discovery Museum Institute

NDMI Is a specific organization under Office of Knowledge Management and Development Public Organization (OKMD) Established by the declaration of Knowledge Development Executive Boards Decree on June 18, 2004. The objectives are to help setting up "Museum Siam", a new trend of museum with a concept of learning center that focus on thinking development, enhance advanced learning and create innovations, support collaboration and increase participation with other museum networks. NDMI also aims to set standard for Learning Process and museum management at a higher quality and efficiency; improve proper museum knowledge for Thai society which focus at the students, researchers, and all citizens.

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