Project Overview

3D Modeling Case-Geyer: A Pilot Project Immersive Technology Summer Institute 2018

Faculty Sponsor

Josh Finnell (


Art and Art History


As part of the inaugural Immersive Technology Summer Institute, an outgrowth of the the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College, this pilot project will bring together a collaborative team of technologists, faculty, and a student to explore 3D and virtual applications. This project will build upon and reignite a project initiated by Professor Robert McVaugh in 2015 to produce historical models of campus based on campus surveys. Building upon the topographical maps of campus rendered in 3D, this pilot project will focus on teaching the core skills necessary to construct an individual building in detail. Case-Geyer, because its architecture is built into cardiac hill and is centrally located on campus, provides an excellent case study on 3D rendering and modeling. Moreover, rendering both the interior and exterior in 3D would provide librarians an opportunity to explore constructing digital tours and/or tutorials within the 3D model for new student orientations. 
This pilot project converges with efforts of the Bicentennial committee to build new digital platforms for campus history and architectural change. Building upon McVaugh’s original vision, a comprehensive 3D model of campus topography and architecture provides the groundwork  to eventually integrate digital storytelling in the form of institutional lore, such as the great tree and Dart’s orchard. This project provides the proof of concept and skill-building necessary for future digital projects.
Greg Lord, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, will collaborate with 3D experts on all teams to lead the development of a production timeline with milestones and deliverables for each project based on that project proposal. After an initial video conference planning meeting, students will begin tutorials that prepare them for the work they will do on the project.  Project teams will participate in a one week face-to-face institute at Hamilton College. This week will be followed by continued work with campus project team throughout the summer. Student outcomes will include presentations of their work in the Fall and online publications with summary reports of their experiences.

The project team at Colgate will consist of:
Joshua Finnell, Head of Research & Instruction & Associate Professor in the University Libraries
Joseph Eakin, Technical Director & Designer of the Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Jeff Nugent, Director, Learning & Applied Innovation, ITS & Associate Director, Center for Learning, Teaching & Research


Student Qualifications

Interest in 3D/VR rendering and modeling
Interest in campus history
Good communication and documentation skills
Knowledge of and experience with videoconferencing software (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout).
Expertise with web development and design principles
Interest in learning Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

6-8 weeks weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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