Introduction to Structure from Motion Photogrammetry

Wednesday 7 June 2017

9.30am – 5pm
The course

This workshop will introduce participants to Structure from Motion Photogrammetry (SfM), an innovative imaging technique in which a set of digital images is used to generate a 3D record of a subject ranging in size from artefact to landscape. Outputs from the approach include scaled 3D models and point clouds, 3D PDFs, and ortho-rectified images from which measured drawings can be generated.

Drawing on years of experience, the instructor Dr Sarah Duffy will highlight not only the opportunities for high-impact visual representation but also the broader analytic potential and opportunities for digital collaboration. She will cover both capture and processing and share tips and potential pitfalls, preparing participants for practical application in the field.  No previous experience is required but familiarity with a digital camera would be beneficial.

The tutor

Dr Sarah Duffy is an imaging consultant with a background in conservation and heritage management. She provides recording and training services for research and conservation projects based in academia as well as commercial and heritage sectors in the UK and farther afield.  Dr Duffy specialises in a range of digital photography techniques including Structure from Motion Photogrammetry (SfM),  Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and aerial survey (drone and mast).

Through her work, she emphasises the importance of an informed and reflexive approach to the use of digital recording techniques within the process of archaeological and heritage research and analysis. She is currently collaborating on several international research-based projects and is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Participant information

No special clothing or equipment is required for the course, but do come dressed for the weather and bring suitable outdoor clothing.


£90 per person, to include all tuition, teas, coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.