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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

1st Edition

Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan

May 21st-25th, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)


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Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan

Course overview

This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who routinely work with complex biological structures (specimens) and need to digitise their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, quantitative or biomechanics analyses, etc.

The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using different techniques as laser imaging but mainly photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium – low cost and fast approaches.

By the end of the course participants should be able to obtain high quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques.

They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software.


Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

C/ de l’Escola Industrial, 23
08201 Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there


May 21st-25th, 2018




32 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Josep Fortuny instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Josep Fortuny
Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. / Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Spain / France

Sergio LLácer instructor for Transmitting Science

Sergio Llácer
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont

Heinrich Mallison instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Heinrich Mallison


Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science

Josep Fortuny instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Josep Fortuny
Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. / Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Spain / France


Monday, May 21st, 2018. Dr. Josep Fortuny and Sergio Llácer.

  • Course presentation. Start up the software. What is digital modelling? What is this technology used for? The pros, cons and limitations of modelling.
  • Introduction to CAD. The common file formats in the world of 3D visualisation (.ply, .stl, .wrp, …). Laser technology theory. Laser technology practice (Next Engine).
  • Geomagic and Meshlab edition of Laser meshes generated.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

  • How does photogrammetry work?
  • What are the requirements on images for photogrammetry?
  • Basic principles of and tools for data capture.
  • Camera settings and workplace set-up.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

  • Data capture exercises for simple objects.
  • Program run-throughs in COLMAP, AgiSoft Photoscan and Reality Capture: Model creation and scaling.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018. Dr. Heinrich Mallison.

  • Data capture exercises for complex objects.
  • More complex program handling (levelling of models, combining models, etc.).
  • Basics of post-editing for presentation and 3D printing.

Friday, May 25th, 2018. Dr. Josep Fortuny and Sergio Llácer.

  • 3D model edition: Geomagics, Meshlab and general applications of 3D modelling (e.g. 3D PDF’s).
  • Generation and editing of videos.
  • 3D printing.
  • Demonstration of practical examples from the students’ data and group discussion.


  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2018):
  • 490
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2018):
  • 615
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators).


The course will take place in the city of Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Take a look at the venue.

You may stay in Barcelona city or Sabadell. You will find information about Hotels and Hostel in Sabadell here. It takes about 45 minutes by public transport to arrive to Sabadell from the centre of Barcelona city. The place of the course is about 15 minutes walking from the train stop.


Course Schedule
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included).
    • 14:30 to 17:30 Lessons.
  • Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.



Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Furthermore, a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 1 place and it will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative.


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