ithin a project for the knowledge and conservation of the model of the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna,in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, the GeCO laboratory has made acquisitions laser scanner to obtain surface patterns to create a three-dimensional thematic mapping Data on diagnostic tests and restoration.

For the simple management of these data, on a platform immediately available to all operators, is used the format PDF3D. On the 3D model, you can select and view different themes. related investigations and restoration. The model can also be measured, dissected and you can also annotate and hypertext links to be associated with the 3D geometric elements other information.

One obstacle to the spread of three-dimensional models by an unskilled consumer consists in the fact that it is very data heavy whose management requires the knowledge of programs:

For a fast and simple setup on most hardware and software platforms, the open format Universal 3D (U3D), based technology PDF3D, viewable (via the web) with softwares already present has been selected on virtually all computers, such as Adobe Acrobat.

The format allows you to organize the themes as separate layers in a hierarchical structure, allowing the organization of semantic data and maintaining hyperlinks to other PDF cards, which in turn can contain additional 3D visualizations of the same or other models.