August 26, 2022

Uzbekiscanning: LUT’s Scientific Expeditions 2022

We cordially invite you to visit the exhibition "Uzbekiscanning: LUT's Scientific Expeditions 2022" at the Gallery of the Center for Scientific and Technical Information, Lublin University of Technology. The exhibition will be available until September 8, 2022.

The current photo exhibition is a collective work of all participants of the last two Scientific Expeditions of Lublin University of Technology to Central Asia, operating in the territory of today's Uzbekistan. The first of them - to Samarkand, took place on May 5-18, 2022, and its participants were: Elżbieta Miłosz, Marek Miłosz, Jerzy Montusiewicz, Anna Sałamacha, Sylweter Korga and Tomasz Szymczyk. The second, much shorter expedition, took place on June 5-12, 2022, and led the participants to Bukhara (Elżbieta Miłosz, Marek Miłosz, Jerzy Montusiewicz, Jacek Kęsik, Mariusz Dzieńkowski, Leszek Sałamacha). Counting from the beginning of cooperation between the employees of the Department of Computer Science of Lublin University of Technology (2015) with universities and museums in Central Asia, these were the 7th and 8th expeditions, the purpose of which was primarily to scan cultural heritage objects of those regions in various 3D technologies.

The developed cooperation has been interdisciplinary from the very beginning, which means that both parties bring to it unique knowledge and skills. This situation has built mutual respect between the partners and, through the generated synergy, has allowed for exceptional results that can be viewed and studied on silkroad3d.com.

One must not forget about the basic fact - without organizing access to cultural goods, there in Uzbekistan, to museum artifacts, to interiors inaccessible to the average tourist, it would not be possible to carry out 3D scanning. We owe it all to our partners from the Silk Road who arranged it: Dilbar Mukhamedova from the National University of Uzbekistan, Rahim Kayumov from Samarkand State University, Bakhodir Eschanov from Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute of Tashkent region, Utkir Abdullaev from Urgench State University, and others. Their personal contacts gave us access to historic buildings in Uzbekistan.

Working in the field in the local conditions is not easy, it requires good health, persistence in action and creativity in solving emerging problems. Scanning outdoors for many hours, when the temperature reaches 42 degrees in the shade, when our specialized equipment, after heating to a temperature of 60 degrees, refuses to cooperate, when an overheated tablet slows down numerical processes so that it is unable to download data sent by the scanner, and the team finds out, not for the first time, that its equipment was not designed for such conditions. We were looking for various solutions that allowed us to partially solve these problems: shielding the scanner from sunlight with a black umbrella (hence such photos), replacing the batteries and cooling the heated ones in the air stream from air conditioners, placing the working tablet within the range of cold air, as well as scanning museum artifacts outside this stream so as not to catch a cold. Going through the scanning process to rooms with air conditioners turned on. These and other applied solutions allowed for the performance of relevant works. In total, we brought over 250 GB of raw data. We performed 3D scanning of over 45 small museum artifacts and 15 large architectural objects.

The photos show the participants of the expedition and the people supporting us in 3D digitization. They assist us when we set up the equipment, move museum objects, scan them, and when we enter roofs and terraces that are usually inaccessible, to get the right places for setting up the laser scanner. In addition, the photos try to show the oriental atmosphere of those cities: first of all, the people we met, in their characteristic costumes, in various life situations: joyful, focused, praying and dancing. The world of Uzbekistan, despite the presence of steppes and deserts, is a space full of colors, which can be easily seen in bazaars, exhibitions and light shows. There are a few pictures of the dishes that were given a common title - the flavors of Uzbekistan. They show three main dishes: Pilaf - a dish consisting of rice, meat, vegetables (yellow carrot and onion), dried raisins and qazi (horse meat sausage), Lagman - pasta, meat, tomatoes, pepper (all as a thick soup) and Lepeshka - bread in the form of flat cakes, which is not cut with a knife, but divided with hands and given to all the guests.

Exhibit Curator

Jerzy Montusiewicz