P20510: Eastman Museum Digitization Improvement


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Project Summary Project Information

For an updated project description, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

The George Eastman Museum Digitization process improvement project developed hardware and software to partially automate an artifact digitization process for the Eastman Museum.

As there is a massive quantity of artifacts to be archived, an automated process will eliminate the time-intensive work required to digitize individual artifacts. The device should be operable by one stationary worker and should automate the operation of locating the artifact under the camera for the operator. A previous prototype was developed that required the operator to locate the artifact under the camera as well as the color test strip to be located near each artifact.

The goals of this project are to improve the automation of the artifact location and color test strip location, ensure the operator can remain stationary, and to deliver a functional prototype and supporting documentation. The resulting design and prototype need to utilize as much of the existing design as possible to reduce the cost to the stakeholders, as well as maintain the quality of all artifacts that are digitized.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team had to drastically alter the way we worked on the project and had to adjust our goals accordingly. Since we were in the middle of the subsystem testing phase, we did not complete a full prototype. Rather, we focused on putting together documentation for a future team to pick up where we left off. We hope they will benefit from our design and deliver a satisfactory product to the client.

Project Name: Eastman Museum Digitization Process Improvement
Project Number: P20510
Project Family: Successor to P19510 (xx510)
Start Term: 2191
End Term: 2195
Faculty Guide: Dr. Alexander Loui, acleec@rit.edu
Primary Customer: Elizabeth Chiang
Sponsor (financial support)
George Eastman Museum

Team Members

Team Carbon Copy

Team Carbon Copy

Member Role Contact
Thomas Obrian Project Manager and Engineer tpo1583@rit.edu
Maria Melchiorre Lead Electrical Engineer mrm3101@rit.edu
David Lin Lead Software Engineer dl3061@rit.edu
David Trostle Lead Mechanical Engineer dwt6778@rit.edu
Jeff Spencer Purchaser and Engineer jxs8655@rit.edu
HeeJae Shin Communicator, Facilitator, and Engineer hxs1893@rit.edu


Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation
(Verification & Validation)

Documents and Files

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination


Requirements & Testing



Risk Management

Problem Management

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM (Bill of Materials)

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams


Test Plans


Models & Simulations


CAD Model

Design Review Documents

Lightning Talk* (HQ)

Technical Paper


Project Continuity

Imagine RIT Exhibit

Our Google Drive Backups directory includes periodic backups of our shared working directory.

The Edge Directory linked here contains ALL of our files and documents, including working copies and snapshot duplicate copies made in preparation for each phase review. While most files are either linked on an Edge page or a screenshot of a file is included in an Edge page, not every file on the Edge directory may be linked individually on a corresponding Edge page. Some files, such as 3D models, simulations, code files, Movie Maker files, absurdly large image files (~gig in size) and other binary files, cannot easily be represented on an Edge page. If a file cannot be explicitly found on an Edge webpage, it would mostly like be found either in this directory or the Google Drive Backup directory.