researching late medieval timber frame buildings (1180-1530) concerned with jointing and structural techniques using scientific dating - dendrochronology recalibrating old chrono-typologies challenging the theory of teleological

utilising digital technologies

collect, collate, manage, query and ultimately disseminate data relevant to the study of timber joints. Such technologies include:
 Geographic

Information Systems (GIS)  Global Positioning Systems (GPS)  Database Management Systems (DBMS)  3D modelling  online backups


imaging space through cartesian mathematics has great value for geodatabases and spatial data

108 dendro-dated properties

spatial queries

change and add layers of content display queries created in access visually and spatially

buildings with the gothic arch prior to westminster palace

science vs. theory vs. science

knowledge is data yet “data are different from knowledge” (Curtis 2005, 19) data are truths and beliefs




science vs. theory vs. science

the management of the data exists outside both science and theory, it is the application that can inform both “let the data speak; see what it has to say”
(J Schofield 1999)

neutral philosophical ontology vs. computing ontologies “we become what we behold that we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”
(M McLuhan 1964, xi-xii)

what we create in digital form becomes

visualising data

“seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees” Paul Valéry (1871-1945) “data graphics visually display measured quantities by means of the combined use of points, lines, a coordinate system, numbers, symbols, words, shading and colour” (Tufte 2001, 9)

visualising data
Is this the face on Mars? Or is this ?

10101010100101 01010101010100 00010101011011 00110110101010 10001101010101 01010110101010 10101010101010 01101011101011 11000000000000 (NASA, 1976 + 2001) 11

visualising data

Tufte argues that “a graphic does not distort if the visual representation of the data is consistent with the numerical representations” (Tufte 2001, 55) we depict ‘time’ and ‘space’ as cartesian coordinates that portray a false ‘boundedness’ in a virtual world devoid of culture “it is a looking glass into a mathematical

the flagellation of christ
piero della francesca fl.1455-60 an example of the application of cartesian geometry to the depiction of space and linear perspection in art, showing the authenticity debate is nothing new

re-present not represent

in wishing to remain outside the issue of a ‘sense of place’ I have chosen to represent the joints devoid of a virtual context

In virtual space, using 3d studio max, I can use real measurements

What is 3d?
is this 3d or is this?

What is 3d?

it is not being bounded by 2d space it is not the ability to be imaged in one of many planes is it then the ability to interact with and manipulate the viewing angle? If it is, then does it not then become 4d?

what is 3d?
showcasing adobe 3d and microsoft photosynth

Adobe Acrobat Document



online website and ADS archive mobile phones with internet connection, and/or, data cards portable media devices

Field uses

other researchers conservation officers construction industry building owners

what have i learnt?

that the phrase ‘digital technologies’ is not enough – it’s ‘emerging digital technologies’ you have to plan for the future nobody wants to share  backup then backup again!

Supervised by Prof. Tom Beaumont James, Dr Keith Wilkinson, Dr Amanda Richardson and Mr Edward Roberts

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