AHRC RTISAD project legacy – update one year on

It has now been a year since the AHRC RTISAD project officially ended. We have been busy developing our RTI and related imaging facilities here at Southampton, training new staff and students, continuing our outreach activities and undertaking research and consultancy projects. As we proposed in the application we have put in place a funding system that allows us to charge where appropriate at cost for use of our imaging facilities and staff. This will we hope keep the RTISAD legacy in tact for a long term.

In terms of collaborations, following the project these have continued to grow, with one recent example being a knowledge transfer partnership between Traditional Owner Groups, the University of Western Australia and the University of Southampton funded by the World Universities Network.

In terms of consultancy we are planning on doing some work at the National Archives and at the Fitzwilliam Museum in the near future.

Research projects involving RTI continue to flourish. For example, we are working with Mike Pitts and the British Museum on a project to re-analyse Hoa Hakananai. This is an amazing opportunity and our hope is that the next stage will be fieldwork applications of RTI on Easter Island. We have also made greater use of the Virtual RTI approach that we developed and published during the RTISAD project. One recent application has been on the interpretation of Roman coins imaged initially via micro CT. In February we worked with the Librarian at Winchester School of Art on recording a number of small knitted objects using a variety of methods, in collaboration with the Library Digitisation Unit with whom we have also had discussions about RTI data management

Our outreach activities are also continuing. In January we featured in The Archaeologist magazine, building on our work with the IfA during the project. In February Nicole and Gareth Beale from the ACRG set up the Re-reading the British Memorial project focused on community applications of RTI. The technology used, as ever in our RTI work, was funded by the RTISAD project and Gareth and Nicole were trained by RTISAD project staff. The RTISAD project also featured in the British Library Growing Knowledge exhibition, including interactive web pages and videos produced specifically for the exhibition.

We have placed on-line some examples of RTI outputs. These are grouped under the RTI example tag.


RTISAD project website

End of project blog post

Six months blog post


Read Hembo Pagi‘s blog post about the Australian fieldwork  on Hembo Pagi’s blog

Read Nicole Beale‘s blog post about OURTI community workshops

Read James Miles‘ blog post about more about impact of the virtual RTI and other technology used on our virtual coins project

Virtual RTI was also applied by English heritage on the recent Stonehenge Laser Scan project.