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CST3D SHS viewer

The 3D humanities Consortium has developped a 3D viewer on the openspace 3D platform, a free and open source platform.

Thanks to a simplified interface, the user will have at his disposal a toolbox (measurement tools, annotation, cutting plan, etc.) allowing him to visualize and analyze a 3D object.


The 3D viewer setup download and install several programs, and some antivirus software can sometimes block them without any reasons. Disable your antivirus software and install OpenSpace3D again.

OpenSpace3D 1.70 portable (32bits) : Telecharger

OpenSpace3D 1.70 portable (64bits) : Telecharger 



  • Import and conversion of large files to 64-bit versions (more than 20 million faces).
  • File format support: OBJ, PLY, DAE/ COLLADA, , 3DS, OGRE3D, FBX, BLEND, STL, DXF 3D and more than 30 other formats.
  • Point cloud management (PLY).
  • First person navigation with or without collision enabled
  • Adjustment of the focal length of the camera with the possibility to activate the orthographic mode
  • Orientation of the light
  • Screenshot with or without display of the scale in the orthographic mode
  • Generate real-time ambient occlusions in the scene
  • Material Editor
  • Possibility to define the position of the sun
  • Display of object information (number of points/faces, bounding box size in meters)
  • Creation of section plans in the scene
  • Add annotations to points in space (notes saved in an XML file)
  • Distance measurement: distances between two points can be measured with 2 clicks of the mouse.
  • Angle measurement: the user can measure an angle between three points with three mouse clicks.


A scientific network serving the uses of 3D humanities

” The 3D Consortium of the TGIR Huma-Num has been created based on the observation that there are many initiatives around 3D for the Digital Humanities without real coordination between them. The proliferation of initiatives makes the task difficult and only a consortium-type organization can bring together forces in order to define standardized solutions. The difficulty is increased by the fact that we are dealing with multiple domains, combining science and technology with the humanities. ..”

3D Consortium: Creation, scientific use and archiving of 3D data for Humanities and Social Sciences

“Dariah annual Event 23- 24 mai 2018. The 3D Consortium, accredited in 2014 by Huma-Num, brings together eleven partners working in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage and who already have experience of using 3D technologies and producing 3D models in the scientific context of Humanities and Social Sciences. From 2014 to 2017, the 3D Consortium’s activities and research results focused on the elaboration of a 3D glossary, open source tools development (archiving software and 3D viewer) and also production of a white paper which analyses the requirements for 3D in HSS…”

Share – Publish – Store – Preserve. Methodologies, Tools and Challenges for 3D Use in Social Sciences and Humanities


 “Through this White Paper, which gathers contributions from experts of 3D data as well as professionals concerned with the interoperability and sustainability of 3D research data, the PARTHENOS project aims at highlighting some of the current issues they have to face, with possible specific points according to the discipline, and potential practices and methodologies to deal with these issues…”