3D modelling

Target group

Early-stage and medium-stage researchers who are active in various research areas (geography, geomatics, civil engineering, heritage management, biology, ...) and who want to make optimum use of the opportunities offered by these techniques in their research.

Organising and Scientific Committee

Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer (Department of Geography)
Prof. dr. ir. Alain De Wulf (Department of Geography)
Dr. Cornelis Stal (Department of Geography)
Lars De Roover (Department of Geography)
Nina Vanhaeren (Department of Geography)

Content of the course

Digital 3D models play an important role in various scientific disciplines and give scholars an indispensable tool to have virtual interaction with their study object or study area. Since a few years, the process of generating, processing and analysing these models has become common practice in many projects and applications. Unfortunately, these topics remain a black box and the potential of 3D modelling is not fully exploited. Bringing together the knowledge to correctly apply the technique in these different fields is thus a valuable contribution to different research projects at Ghent University. The ‘3D modelling’ course deals with the practical and theoretical aspects of 3D modelling, focussing on image-based modelling. In the course, there will be elaborated on the different steps of 3D modelling, ranging from data acquisition, data processing to the use of the resulting models. The course enables the participant to understand and properly apply the technique and solve during the process occurring issues.

Topic and Objective

The 3-day course deals with the practical and theoretical aspects of 3D modelling, focussing on image-based 3D modelling (i.e. photogrammetry). There will be elaborated both on theoretical background (Multiview stereo, 3D data formats, image processing ...) and on practical implementation (data recording, data processing ...) but also on possible applications (biomass calculation, monitoring, heritage management ...) in the course.


  • 24 + 25 + 26 April, 2019 (Wednesday to Friday) from 8:30 - 18:00

Day 1: Data acquisition and processing: laser scanning
Day 2: Data acquisition and processing: image-based modelling
Day 3: Data processing

Dates and Venue

Wed 24 till Fri 26 April 2019 (8:30 - 18:00) at Campus De Sterre (rooms to be determined)


  • Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, at Ghent University, is senior full professor in cartography and GIS. He is the chair of the Department of Geography. He is involved in research on the use of GIS in for land-cover changes, the use of GIS in archaeology, risk modelling, the use of GIS for accessibility studies, indoor routing and historical map studies.
  • Prof dr. ing. Alain De Wulf, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, at Ghent University, is full-time professor at Ghent University (Belgium), researching and lecturing on the general principles of 3D data-acquisition techniques in the domains of land and hydrographic surveying and quality aspects of geodesy in particular. He is involved with his scientific research team in different projects, ranging from topographic campaigns for archaeological projects (Malta, Altai (Russia), Thorikos, Titani (Greece), etc.) till bathymetric projects involving vertical reference surfaces and GNSS buoy tide measurements.
  • Prof. dr. Rudy Goossens, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, at Ghent University, conducts research in remote sensing and photogrammetry. Research is being conducted on the use of high resolution images and on creating DEMs and orthophotos. Mainly on urban areas, high-resolution space images can be used for this purpose. The photogrammetric methods are also used for the documentation of heritage and this on a large scale. The research is done in collaboration with other departments (including archeology, geology, ...), other universities (KUL, VUB, ...) and colleges (University College Ghent), research institutions and government agencies in Belgium and abroad (Italy, Greece ...).
  • Prof. dr. ing. Greet Deruyter, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Civil engineering, at Ghent University,  is a professor in geomatics. Her research and lecturing is situated in the domain of 3D data acquisition (3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, land surveying) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is involved in topographic campaigns and research projects using GIS for accessibility studies and risk modelling.
  • Prof. dr. Tim van de Voorde, Department of Geography at VUB, uses remote sensing, spatial analysis and GIS techniques in his research to help cities meet the challenges they face posed by rapid urbanisation, unplanned growth and global environmental change. His expertise includes: Urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services, Urban remote sensing, Sub-pixel classification of medium resolution satellite data, Land-use change models, Geographic information systems, Python, ArcGIS and open-source GIS solutions, Machine-learning approaches in remote-sensing based image classification.
  • Prof. dr. ir. Wilfried Philips, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Telecommunications and information processing at Ghent University received in 1989 the Diploma degree in electrical engineering from at Ghent University. Since October 1989 he has been working at the Department of Electronics and Information Systems of Ghent University, as a research assistant for the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO). In 1993 he obtained the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ghent university, Belgium. His main research interests are image and video restoration, image analysis, and lossless and lossy data compression of images and video and processing of multimedia data.
  • Prof. dr. Dominique Adriaens, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology at Ghent University, focusses on the early identification of deformations in finfish, such as skeletal deformations (cranial, opercular, postcranial) in sea bass and gilthead sea bream. These deformations significantly lower the market value, especially in countries where fish are sold head-on. Dominique and his group have documented both the onset of deformities in larval stages, as well as methods to identify them and the mitigation potential of nutrition. Dominique uses an integrated approach, and also applies his expertise in “design from nature” projects where he uses for example the seahorse skeleton to identify applications in industrial design.
  • Prof. dr. ir. Peter Goethals, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology at Ghent University is professor in the field of applied aquatic ecology. He is specialized in monitoring, assessment and modeling of aquatic ecosystems for decision support in water management and ecosystem services optimization. In this context he studies wetlands, ponds, rivers and marine systems, where quality goals are analyzed regarding their compatibility, stability and potential.
  • dr. Cornelis Stal of the Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, at Ghent University, is a post-doctoral researcher with experience in the field of the combination, processing and quality analysis of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning for 3D city modelling. His special interest goes to the (automatic) generation of geometric, radiometric and semantically rich 3D models, derived from irregular point clouds and other spatial data sets. This means that laser scanning as a discipline in land surveying and geo-ICT (GI systems, GI programming, GI management, ...) are important pillars of Cornelis' research.
  • dr. Amaury Frankl, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography at Ghent University works since 2007 at the Department of Geography and is since 2015 post-doctoral researcher at the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders. His research focuses on hydrogeomorphology – more specifically gully erosion – and understanding the potential of land management on erosion hazards in a changing climate. Focus is on research in France and Ethiopia. Next to this, Amaury is/was involved in projects in Montenegro, Russia, Western China and Switzerland. At his University, Amaury lectures courses in Physical Geography, and is active in several management bodies.
  • dr. Maarten Bassier, Geomatics, KU Leuven, research interests are Terrestrial Laser Scanning and state of the art data acquisition techniques as well as Scan to BIM, segmentation, modelling and machine learning algorithms.


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Course material

In the 3-day course, theoretical background of the technique as well as more practical issues of the process will be elaborated on and demonstrated. Morning sessions will consist of theoretical and practical oriented lectures. In the afternoon, also hands-on classes will be given. Keynotes are reserved for a broader theoretical background. In the lectures we want to cover some more specialized or practice-oriented topics. In the application sessions, several applications of the resulting end products will be presented. In the hands-on sessions, theory will be put into practice.

Number of participants

Maximum 15 PhD students



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation in 3 days

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences and Bioscience) Engineering of Ghent University and VUB. External students have to pay a registration fee (250€).