SVAC Press Release 2

Press Release: Worknet completes work on “SVAC” R&D project (September 2013)

Worknet Ltd, a UK hosted desktop and IT services company, has completed work on Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Smart award funded project “Scanned Vertical Artwork Cloud” (SVAC). Worknet carried out the research in partnership with University College London (UCL) as part of a £100k project running over 9 months and ending in August 2013. The Technology Strategy Board is jointly funded by the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and other UK government departments, devolved administrations, regional development agencies and research councils.

Worknet brought its remote server environment and hosting expertise to the successor to an earlier TSB funded FastTrack Digital Art Capture project, in which UCL demonstrated the feasibility of constructing a 2D scanning microscope to capture overlapping ultra-high resolution photographs of artwork laid in the horizontal plane facing upwards. That system was trialled by Tate Gallery who gave a very favourable review and identified a number of possible improvements and additional functionality, which would increase the flexibility of the system. In this project, the system was tested over a larger area and upgraded to be capable of scanning vertically mounted artwork. This was deemed vitally important by Tate Gallery as it is neither desirable nor convenient to move fragile and valuable artwork unnecessarily. The original novel software was developed to run on a distributed (“Cloud”) platform rather than a local laptop computer and the functional area increased to A4, requiring the transmission and manipulation of data files of over 300Gb in size. The aim of this project was to prove the concept of a vertical scanning mechanism, and the portability of the software onto a hosted platform.

Worknet showed that the application of a distributed processing platform held significant advantages over stand-alone machines and that image alignment and manipulation times were reduced.