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Ross Davison is a cultural heritage specialist with particular expertise in 3D reality capture technology, methods and applications. He has worked on over 70 cultural heritage sites worldwide and has conducted trainings in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Davison was recognized as a 2015 National Geographic Young Explorer.
Mr. Davison received formal training in Archaeology with a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. During his coursework, Mr. Davison completed independent field research in collaboration with both the University of California at San Diego and the University of Haifa on projects throughout the Levant.
As CyArk’s Field Manager, Mr. Davison worked with a wide range of preservation techniques such as LiDAR (terrestrial, aerial and underwater), Sonar, photogrammetry, and 3D modeling. He has thorough knowledge of digital heritage documentation and associated processing software. An expert in the technology and its uses in the heritage field, Mr. Davison has conducted workshops and documentation trainings around the world. This has included working closely with universities and establishing technology centers at: Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan), University of Southern Indiana (USA), University of Haifa (Israel), TUMO Center (Armenia) and a collaboration with ICCROM to train a team within Somalia in the employment of low-cost data capture to aid conservation efforts.
Mr. Davison has additional experience in working in museums, completing a comparative study of documenting techniques on the Assyrian collection at the British Museum, testing new photogrammetric methods for collections within San Francisco’s De Young Museum, and merging data collected from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin to the data collected in situ within the inner city of Babylon.
Mr. Davison’s personal research interests involve the blending of remote sensing technologies to enhance current geospatial understanding. His previous work at the Caesarea Coastal Archaeological Project combined terrestrial, underwater, and aerial LiDAR with photogrammetry to create the most complete and accurate documentation of the site to date, from the outer harbor to the surrounding terrestrial landscape.
His current work has culminated in the Community Conservation Project, which utilizes drone imagery to create high resolution maps, metrics, models, and conservation materials for protected ecosystems. Within the UCSC Coastal Science and Policy program, Ross is developing a community based conservation approach (Comon) that combines local service providers with automated data analysis to support site managers in gaining specific data needed to inform their decision making process. Mr. Davison hopes to improve the dynamic between coastal communities, government policy makers, and industry stakeholders to develop solutions to improve management of protected areas.
University of California Santa Cruz - Bachelors of Arts, Anthropology
University of California Santa Cruz - Masters of Science, Coastal Science and Policy
Factum Foundation Project Manager
Period - Sept 2017 - Feb 2018
Duties - Creation of new methods for capture and analysis. Building public and private partnerships for the successful completion of projects, support, and funding. Project planning including logistics, equipment selection, supervision of data collection efforts, data processing, creation of material reproductions, Facsimile production.
CyArk Field Manager
Period - June 2015 - June 2017
Duties - Logistical Planning for all field projects. Conducting international training activities with universities and heritage managers. Extensive experience in building public and private partnerships for the successful completion of projects. This included client management, equipment selection, supervision of data collection efforts, data processing, conservation drawings, 3D animations, mobile applications, web dissemination and mobile application development.
CyArk Production Lead
Period - Sept 2013 - June 2015
Duties - Oversee and review majority of work produced by production team. Lead laser scanning technician and photographer. Processed point cloud data to create 2D and 3D deliverables for a variety of international projects. Also engage in client management, equipment selection, supervision of data collection efforts, data processing, conservation drawings, 3D animations, mobile applications, web dissemination and mobile application development.
CyArk Production Specialist
Period - Aug 2012 - Sept 2013
Duties - Lead laser scanning technician and photographer. Processed point cloud data to create 2D and 3D deliverables for a variety of international projects.
CalIT2/CISCA3 Undergraduate Researcher
Period - Dec 2011 - Aug 2012
Duties - Responsible for digitization, asset creation, and online dissemination historic assets from the 2010 and 2011 ELRAP field season
Presentations and Workshops
Emergency Response Assessment using Reality Capture - Workshop - Department of Archaeology, 2016, Bagan, Myanmar.
Technology in Archaeology - Keynote Presentation - National Geographic Explorer’s Symposium, 2016, Washington D.C
Project Anqa: Preserving Endangered Heritage - Workshop – UNESCO, ICOMOS, and Director General of Antiquities and Museums, Damascus, 2016, Beirut, Lebanon
Heritage at Risk: Methods of Preservation - Workshop – Templo Mayor Conservation Team, 2016, Mexico City, Mexico
Merging Terrestrial and Nautical Archaeology - Workshop – Haifa University, 2015, Caesraea Maritima, Israel.
The Digital Preservation of Pakistan’s Heritage - Workshop - Lahore University of Management Sciences, 2015, Lahore, Pakistan.
Preserving and Imaging Heritage - Workshop – University of Southern Indiana, 2015, Historic New Harmony, IN.
Documentation and Modeling: Repurposing Heritage - Workshop – University of California, Davis, 2015, Davis, CA.
A Virtual Pilgrimage - Presentation - TUMO Informational Center, 2015 Yerevan, Armenia
Preserving Armenian Heritage - Workshop - TUMO Center, 2015, Yerevan Armenia
Rust and Lasers: The 3D Preservation of a National Treasure - Keynote Presentation - Faro 3D Documentation Conference, 2014 Orlando, FL
New Techniques Digitally Preserving Cultural Heritage Sites - Workshop – Horn Heritage and Ministry of Culture, 2014, Hargeisa, Somaliland
Grants and Fellowships
National Geographic Society - Young Explorer Conservation Trust Grant 2015
National Geographic Society - Rescue and Assessment Grant, 2016
United States State Department Citizen Science and Ecology Grant - 2016
Wells Fargo - Wells Fargo Coastal Sustainability Fellow, 2018