The 4D Research Lab (4DRL) serves scholars who conduct research into the material past in the faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam.
Since 2012, UvA researchers occupied with the material past – specifically in the fields of Heritage, Archaeology, Arts, Architecture and Museology – can benefit from the facilities offered by the 4D Research Lab. Though its name is a reference to the fourth dimension which connects it with the temporal concept of 'the past', the lab's mission focuses on 3D technologies. Among others, it seeks to promote the use of 3D technologies in research and assist in the development of methods that use these technologies.
The lab put this mission into practice by providing a wide range of computing facilities, 3D scanners and modeling programmes, by offerring technical expertise, and by assisting in the development of virtual and augmented reality apps that explore the material past. Education forms an important component, too; 4D Research Lab also supervises student projects and teaches 3D recording and modelling techniques.