Museo Egizio – Exhibition Archeologia Invisibile


The Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, inaugurated the temporary exhibition “Invisible Archeology” on March 12, to be visited until January 6, 2020.

This innovative exhibition, characterized by the use of numerous multimedia supports, celebrates the meeting between archeology and science. Throughout the journey of excavation, diagnostic analysis, restoration and conservation, the visitor is invited to discover unknown information about ancient Egypt, to look beyond what is visible.

IMA Solutions realized the 3D exploration of the two Egyptian Khâ and Merit mummies as well as the mummy of a cat from data from a medical scanner (X-ray tomography). The processing of the scanner data made it possible to carry out the 3D virtual unwrapping of the mummies and to extract virtually the jewels placed under the bandages. Replicas of these jewels and gold ornaments were made by 3D printing on a scale 1 and are presented to the audience in the exhibition space.

Go to the exhibition website.

Microbiote – Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Exposition Microbiote - Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie

Shifted and uninhibited, the exhibition Microbiote will explain to you without taboo everything you have always wanted to know about your intestines without ever daring to ask: after a complete and detailed visit, organ by organ of the digestive system, you will discover the amazing small people who live in your bowels – its composition, its functioning and its essential role for health – and can take advantage of valuable tips to keep your microbiota in shape.

IMA Solutions has created the interactive 3D interactive pedagogical system “Explore our insides” based on a 65-inch 4K multitouch interactive table and Inside Explorer technology.

Visitors to the Microbiote exhibition can explore the digestive system of the human body through real-life data from medical imaging (CT scanner).

Visit the website of the exhibition Microbiote.

3D digitization – Guéret Museum of Art and Archeology

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3D digitization of the Heritage for the Guéret Museum of Art and Archeology.

IMA Solutions has realized the high-definition 3D scanning of works from the Guéret Museum of Art and Archeology collection for the realization of 3D prints that will be used to create an educational kit.

This teaching kit will be used for the mediation of collections in the schools and colleges of the city of Guéret during the renovation phase of the Museum.

Printed in 3D by powder sintering (SLS 3D printing technology), the faithful 3D prints of the works can be manipulated by the students of the city.

These 3D models are visible and can be downloaded for free on the Sketchfab account of the Museum.

Digital Restoration – The Goddess – José Clara

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IMA Solutions has realized the infra-millimetric 3D digitization of the original plaster sculpture “The Goddess” of the sculptor José Clara. This original dating back to 1909 kept in the reserves of the Musée des Augustins was selected by the inhabitants of the district of Place Mage in Toulouse to be installed.

The original plaster can not be placed outside and being damaged (collapse and cracks), decision was made to carry out a high-definition 3D digitization and a 3D digital restoration to create a 3D model of the work conforming to its original state. This 3D model was then sent to the company Lithias which made the replica of a very high fidelity in Lavoux stone thanks to a stonemasonry robot and a hand finish.

Inaugurated on September 10, 2018 on the Mage Square renovated by the Mayor of Toulouse, this sculpture is a concrete example of the possibilities offered by new 3D technologies and the digital preservation of heritage.

Easter Island Exhibition – Museum of Toulouse

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3D high definition 3D scanning of the British Museum’s Moai Hoa Hakananai’a on site in London to make the size to size replica for the exhibition “Île de Pâques : le nombril du monde of the Museum of Toulouse.

Collected during the HMS Topaze expedition to Rapa Nui (captained by Powell) in 1868 and presented to Queen Victoria by the Lords of the Admiralty. She then gifted it to the British Museum in 1869.

The original is visible in the Wellcome Room of the British Museum.

High definition 3D scanning


IMA Solutions has been selected by the Natural History Museum of Toulouse to 3D scan in high definition the plaster model of Punch the Elephant made by Philippe Lacomme in 1911. This model was used to make the naturalization of the Asian Elephant housed in the great court of the Museum.

See it in 3D on Sketchfab!

3D long range scanning

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IMA Solutions performed the 3D long range HDR textured scanning acquisition with millimetric accuracy of the Great Court of the Natural History Museum of Toulouse.

To make this kind of 3D acquisition, IMA Solutions uses its Faro Focus s70 3D scanner. This equipment is able to 3D scan entire archeological sites, monuments and large scaled artworks.
This 3D long range scanner is certified to provide a 1mm accuracy at 70 meters.

Once the 3D acquisition and data processing is done, it is possible to provide high definition maps, orthophotos, 3D colored point clouds and 3D textured meshes that could be used to 3D print replicas for example.


3D scanning for The British Museum

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IMA Solutions 3D scanned in high definition 27 artworks from The British Museum collection for India & The World: A History in Nine Stories and Age of Luxury exhibitions.

These 3D scanned artworks models are used for making the digital media. Visitors can also explore these 3D models on the dedicated exhibitions websites using the SketchFab platform like here with the India & The World exhibition webpage.

3D scanning for the MUCEM

Numérisation 3D - Chapelain Hospitaliers - Musée Granet

IMA Solutions performed high definition 3D scanning of two artworks for the MUCEM:

  • A marble sculpture of a priest from Musée Granet.
  • A marble of “Louis XIV à cheval” from artist Pujet housed at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille.

These 3D scans will be integrated in a next MUCEM exhibition.

Macrofauna fossils

Macrofaunes Museum de Toulouse

IMA Solutions performed high definition 3D scanning and 3D printing of 17 millions years old macrofauna fossils from the Museum of Toulouse collection. These highly detailed 3D printed replicas will be used for mediation purposes enabling the audience to manipulate these fossils.

The 3D models are also visible on the SketchFab Museum’s webpage.

Egyptian Mummies from the British Museum: Exploring Ancient Lives

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With more than 850 000 visitors in four months at the Hong Kong Science Center, exhibition “Egyptian Mummies from the British Museum: Exploring Ancient Lives” continues its international  Asian tour at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan from 14th of November 2017 to February 2018. Six Egyptian mummies with more than 200 artworks from the British Museum’s collection are on display. Visitors can explore in 3D the inside of the six Egyptian mummies thanks to the collaboration between IMA Solutions and the Egypt & Sudan British Museum Department team: 3D CT scanning of the mummies, high performance data processing and cutting edge 3D visualizations.

IMA Solutions collaborates with the British Museum since 10 years to create interactive exhibitions using the last 3D technologies: high end xray scanning, high performance computing and the use of the last computer graphics techniques.

3D scanning in Sweden


We made a 3D scanning mission with our swedish partner Interspectral to 3D scan a wide variety of artworks and artifacts nearby the Norköpping city: historical Vuitton trunks, outdoor Vikings carvings and a reliquary from the medieval era housed at the Linköpings Slotts- & Domkyrkomuseum. These 3D digitizations will provide to Swedish archeologists new opportunities to study these artifacts and to digitally preserve their cultura heritage.

Eternal Life – Hong Kong Science Museum


In the past, the only way to investigate Egyptian mummies was to unwrap them, damaging their fragile remains. However, advances in sophisticated imaging techniques have allowed us to virtually explore their wrapped bodies, eliminating the need to disturb their coverings. This exhibition employs the latest Computerised Tomography (CT) scanning technology to study Egyptian mummies in the British Museum’s collection, allowing researchers to gain new insights into the funerary traditions in the Nile valley.
This exhibition introduces six Egyptian individuals who lived between 3,000 and 1,800 years ago. In addition, 200 objects and digital visualisations of the mummies demonstrate how non-invasive CT scans allow archaeologists and other specialists to determine the age and sex of the mummified bodies, and to explore them, such as the diet, state of health, mummification process and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians.

Access the Hong Kong Science Museum webpage.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


IMA Solutions worked for one year with the British Museum’s Egypt & Sudan department team to make the 3D interactive visualizations of the “Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives” exhibition opening the 10 of December 2016 until the 27 of April 2017 at Powerhouse Museum of Sydney.

Visitors will be able to explore in 3D six Egyptian mummies from the British Museum collection to discover life, death and burial practices in Ancient Egypt.

Thanks to new technologies like 3D computer tomography, 3D scanning, 3D printing and high performance computing, IMA Solutions was able to provide to the British Museum unprecedented accurate 3D visualizations to study and explore these six Egyptian Mummies in a non invasive way.

See the exhibition teaser

NewScientist Press Release

British Museum – Scanning Sobek

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Now on display at British Museum’s Room 3 from 10 of December 2015 to 21 of February 2016 is the biggest ever CT scanned egyptian mummy crocodile. Meet with “Sobek”, the British Museum’s 4 meters long mummy crocodile and its size to size 3D virtual avatar to discover what’s hidden inside. IMA Solutions was in charge of the CT scan data processing, aligning the eight data acquisition blocks and of the 3D analysis and visualizations of this animal mummy.

> Access the exhibition webpage.

Museum Toulouse – Les Savanturiers

Lion Panthera Leo Spelea 3D

For the exhibition “Les Savanturiers” of Museum  Toulouse (October 2015 – June 2016), IMA Solutions made the 3D virtual reconstruction of the Lion Panthera leo spelea from the 3D scan of its skeleton housed at the Toulouse Natural History Museum. In the interactive area called ‘The Ship” made by Les MACHINES à IMAGES, visitors will come face to face with the virtual lion.

This interactive device won the Heritage & Innovations RNCI 2016 prize in the Immersive Device category.

Musée de la Révolution Française

Napoleon 3D

For the return of Napoleon from Elba Island 200th anniversary, we made a 3D scan of the Napoleon Horseback monument for the Musée de la Révolution Française in Vizille, France. Made in bronze by sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet in 1867, the sculpture is visible at the Laffrey village not far away from Grenoble city.

You can read the technical article at Artec3D website to learn more on how we 3D scanned this artwork!

Museum of Toulouse – 3D Jenny Haniver

Jenny Haniver 3D

A Jenny Haniver is the carcass of a ray or a skate which has been modified and subsequently dried, resulting in a grotesque preserved specimen.

One suggestion for the origin of the term was the French phrase jeune d’Anvers (‘young [person] of Antwerp’). British sailors “cockneyed” this description into the personal name “Jenny Hanvers”. They are also widely known as “Jenny Haviers”. For centuries, sailors sat on the Antwerp docks and carved these “mermaids” out of dried skates. They then preserved them further with a coat of varnish. They supported themselves by selling their artistic creations to working sailors as well as to tourists visiting the docks.

Jenny Hanivers have been created to look like devils, angels and dragons. Some writers have suggested the sea monk may have been a Jenny Haniver.

The earliest known picture of Jenny Haniver appeared in Konrad Gesner’s Historia Animalium vol. IV in 1558. Gesner warned that these were merely disfigured rays and should not be believed to be miniature dragons or monsters, which was a popular misconception at the time.
The most common misconception was that Jenny Hanivers were Basilisks. As Basilisks were creatures that killed with merely a glance, no one could claim to know what one looks like. For this reason it was easy to pass off Jenny Hanivers as these creatures which were still widely feared in the 1500s.
In Veracruz, Jenny Hanivers are considered to have magical powers and are employed by curanderos in their rituals. This tradition may have originated in Japan, where fake ningyo similar to the Fiji mermaid that were produced by using rogue taxidermy are kept in temples.

A high resolution xray microtomography acquisition as been performed on the last “Phoenix Xray Nanotom” from the Fédération de Recherche FERMaT FR3089 at the french Laboratory CIRIMAT UMR CNRS 5085 (Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie des Matériaux). The image resolution is up to 32 microns accurate so that we can even see the tiny cartilaginous structures of the Jenny Haniver. The results will be exhibited in an upcoming Museum of Toulouse’s exhibition.

Musée du Louvre Lens

Momie de Crocodile

Discover the new Musée du Louvre Lens temporary exhibition “Animals and Pharaohs” from 5th of December 2014  to 9th of March 2015 for which IMA Solutions created a 3D interactive app in collaboration with Tataragne Interactive and Tridilogy companies to explore virtually 6 animal mummies from Ancient Egypt. The audience will be able to explore virtually the mummies to discover what is hidden inside them on a Samsung Surface 40” Table.

British Museum – “Ancient Lives – New Discoveries” exhibition


“Ancient Lives – New Discoveries” British Museum’s exhibition is extended until 19th of April 2015.

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Think you know mummies? Think again…

This exhibition will introduce you to eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming.

Using the latest technology, the exhibition will unlock hidden secrets to build up a picture of their lives in the Nile Valley over a remarkable 4,000 years – from prehistoric Egypt to Christian Sudan.

From a priest’s daughter to a temple singer, a middle-aged man to a young child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, find out how they lived and what happened to them after they died. Using interactive technology, discover new information about each mummy, from their state of health to how they were embalmed and preserved. Unravel the mysteries of mummification and gain a unique insight into these people’s lives.

IMA Solutions is making the 3D content and 3D imagery of the 8 mummies.

> Go to the exhibition webpage

Montréal-du-Gers – 3D Scanning


Discovered in 1987 and supervised by the Museum de Toulouse, the paleontological site of Montreal-du-Gers is one of the major paleontological site discovered from a century in France. Datation is 17 millions years ago.

On the site are many animal fossils. Since its discovery, thousands of fossils have been excavated, more than 90 species of vertebrates have been listed including 50 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. 4 new species have been listed:

  • Ampelomeryx ginsburgi
  • Hispanotherium beonense
  • Hyotherium lacaillei and Eurolistriodon tenarezensis

Remarkable in its paleontological  richness, the site has a big heritage value.

IMA Solutions made several 3D scanning of the fossils being excavated to grab their spatial position on site. They can be putted in their geological context.

Musée des Beaux-Arts & Archéologie de Besançon


IMA Solutions was in charge of all the 3D digital media production of the “La momie aux amulettes” exhibition understanding:

  • The CAT scan datas analysis of the two Egyptian mummies « Seramon » and « Anhkpakhered ».
  • The data processing of the two Egyptian mummies CAT scan datasets understanding the segmentation of the different tissues (bandages, soft tissues, bones, amulets,…).
  • The virtual extraction of the amulets of the Seramon mummy and their rapid prototyping at scale 1 to 1.
  • The 3D scanning of the sarcophagus to grab the 3D geometry and textures.
  • The making of the 3D movie “Secrets de momies” showing the virtual exploration of the two Egyptian mummies.
  • The making of the interactive app to explore and make the interpretation of the papyrus housed at Le Louvre of the “Seramon” mummy.

Musée Saint-Raymond – 3D scanning



IMA Solutions performed several 3D scanning acquisitions of the Roman era collection from the Musée Saint-Raymond in Toulouse. These 3D acquisitions gave us the opportunity to test and confirm concepts of virtual realignments of artworks fragments. These 3D acquisitions are also used for conservation purposes.

Also, we made a 3D down sized replica of the “Hercule killing Geryon” marble panel for blind people. They can now explore by touching the replica, better understanding this artwork.

South Africa – Cradle of Humankind – Little Foot


Since January 2009, IMA Solutions made several 3D scanning missions in South Africa on the Sterkfontein and Kromdraai archeological sites. These sites are part of the “Cradle of Humankind” UNESCO site.

These expeditions are conducted in collaboration with Pr. José Braga from CNRS FRE 2960 Bioanthropology laboratory, Pr. Ron Clark from Witswatersrand University, geologist Laurent Bruxelles from INRAP, Dr. Gérard Subsol from LIRMM Laboratory and Pr. Jean-Pierre Jessel from IRIT Laboratory.

What have been done so far :

  • 3D scanning of the Little Foot Australopithecus fossil inside the Sterkfontein cave before its excavation. All anatomical links of the bones have been recorded in 3D.
  • 3D scanning of the Kromdraai archeological site using long range 3D scanning.
  • 3D scanning of the hominid fossils of the Broom room collection housed in Pretoria.

 These missions conducted us to 3D scan in hard environments inside caves. We were able to validate many new concepts in 3D scanning in difficult situations.

Musée Fenaille – 3D scanning


Musée Fenaille in Rodez: the most important collection of statues-menhir in France.


IMA Solutions performed the 3D scanning without contact acquisitions of several statues-mehir of the Musée Fenaille collection in Rodez. These acquisitions have been made at an accuracy of 0.1 mm with realtime texture grabbing. The generated 3D models can be used in many applications:

  • 3D interactive exploration by the audience
  • Numerical corpus creation of the collection
  • Scientific studies
  • 3D replicas creation

Museum de Toulouse: 3D scanning


IMA Solutions performed 3D scanning acquisitions of several fossils and bones from the Museum de Toulouse using xray tomography and surface scanning.

These 3D high definition acquisitions give the opportunity to the researchers of the museum to perform 3D dimensional measurements and structural analysis. The generated 3D models are also used to produce interactives and digital media productions for the audience.

British Museum – Mummy: Secrets of the tomb


Produced in 2008, the British Museum’s exhibition “Mummy: The Inside Story – Secrets of the Tomb” pushes the limits of 3D visualization. The exhibition, housing more than 100’s of ancient artifacts from the Egyptian collection explore the life and death of the priest Nesperennub. The opening of the exhibition is a 20 minutes 3D stereoscopic movie made by IMA Solutions and Windfall Films. This movie let the audience explore in 3D stereoscopy the ancient egyptian mummy of the priest Nesperennub. Thanks to our 3D scanning xray technologies, it is even possible to travel inside the mummy to discover hidden charms and to decifer the hieroglyphs of the cartonnage of the mummy.

> Virginia Museum of Fine Arts trailer

> Presentation of the exhibition by John Taylor, assistant keeper at the British Museum

My experience of IMA Solutions is that they are professional, hard-working and comitted to making challenging projects a great success. They also understand the parameters of working in the cultural sector and were respecful of the British Museum’s objects at all times and fully understood the need to maintain the Museum’s reputation through the display of international touring exhibitions.

Amanda Mayne
International Touring Exhibitions Manager
The British Museum

We have this wonderful story of an ancient civilisation, but really the thing that makes the difference is that delicious collision between ancient civilisation and 21st century technology. 3D imaging, MRI scanning and an absolutely outstanding film I think really made the difference.

Ian Galloway
Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Museum

IMA Solutions was in charge of :

  • Xray CAT scan acquisitions of the Nesperennub Egyptian mummy.
  • 3D data processing and segmentation to explore virtually the mummy.
  • Virtual extractions of the charms hidden into the mummy.
  • 20 minutes 3D stereoscopic ultra high definition movie production for 4K Sony projection systems.

Exhibition « Mummy : Secrets of the Tomb » & 3D movie « Mummy : The Inside Story » :

– Brisbane Queesland Museum, Brisbane, Australia : from 19th of Avril 2012 to 19th of August 2012
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– Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA : from 19th of November 2011 to 12sd of March 2012

 Mummy: The Inside Story » book  2012 edition by John Taylor available on amazon.