Bringing History to Life Using 3D Interactive Computer Graphics

A recent project has celebrated 100 years of geodetic and photogrammetric innovation by 3D digitising an iconic WILD T2 theodolite from the 1927 series. An app has also been developed for Android, iOS and Windows devices.

Modern didactic and historical research related to digital humanities requires 3D digitisation and dynamisation of tech heritage. One example of such a project is the decision to celebrate 100 years of great innovations in the development of geodetic and photogrammetric instruments by 3D digitizing an iconic WILD T2 theodolite from the 1927 series and developing an app for Android, iOS and Windows devices.

WILD Heerbrugg, which is today owned by Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, celebrated its centenary earlier this year. It all started in late autumn 1920 with a telegram from Heinrich Wild, at that time head of the Geodetic Instruments Department at Carl Zeiss, Jena, Germany, to Dr Robert Helbling, a mountaineer, mountain cartographer and owner of a surveying office in Flums, Switzerland: “I have designed a new autograph for the photogrammetric production of maps, which will be much cheaper than the model currently on the market”. In search of a sponsor to establish a new company, Dr Helbling approached Jacob Schmidheiny, an influential and highly respected entrepreneur from the Alpine Rhine Valley. After extensive contract negotiations, the partnership agreement for the new company called ‘Heinrich Wild, Werkstätte für Feinmechanik und Optik, Heerbrugg’ was signed on 26 April 1921. The new company started with about 30 employees.

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