Benjamin Rennison

Archaeologist/ 3D Metrologist


Email: brennis@clemson.edu

Office: 843-730-5086

Education:
2007 MA Maritime Archaeology and History, University of Bristol, UK

2004 BS Equivalent Boat Design and Production, University of Plymouth, UK

Responsibilities:
Benjamin Rennison specializes in three-dimensional archaeological reconstruction and documentation. He obtained a degree in Boat Design and Production from the University of Plymouth in 2004, and continued on to complete his post graduate studies at the University of Bristol to obtain a Masters in Maritime Archaeology in 2007. During his studies his research concentrated on material cultural patterning theory and the application of modern techniques in traditional boat building.

Before working in the sphere of archaeology Benjamin worked in the field of industrial design and production, specializing in the CAD design and modification of military helicopters. It was during this period that Benjamin developed an interest in computer aided design and its applicability in the recording of structures both on the surface of the water and below.

Benjamin joined the project in 2007. He now works with the archaeological team to continue the advancement of discoveries on the project. His work has included the three-dimensional documentation and analysis of the H.L Hunley’s crew and associated artifacts, and the recording the hull surface of the submarine. His main field of research has been in the development of a system of artifact analysis and three-dimensional reconstruction utilizing three-dimensional scanning methods and photogrammetry to survey an artifact’s spatial characteristics over time from recovery and excavation, to a final conserved state.

Research interest:
Best practice techniques, color continuity in 3D scanning, White Light Scanning and Photogrammetry, and, Inspection and deformation analysis.

Publications:
Rennison, B, Scafuri, M, Jacobsen, M – 3D to 2D to 3D. The Reconstruction of the H.L Hunley’s Forward Crew Compartment. Recent Developments in Ship Reconstruction. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 47th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Quebec, Canada, January 8-12 2014. Abstract p. 296 in SHA 2014 Questions that Count: A critical evaluation of historical archaeology in the 21st Century.

Scafuri, M, Jacobsen, M, Rennison, B – The H.L. Hunley Weapon System: Using 3D modeling to replicate the first submarine attack. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 47th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Quebec, Canada, January 8-12 2014. Abstract p. 296 in SHA 2014 Questions that Count: A critical evaluation of historical archaeology in the 21st Century.

Rennison, B, Scafuri, M,. Incorporate! Digital Heritage Monitoring and Forensic Reconstruction at Fort Sumter National Monument. SPAR International. Houston, Texas, April 15-18, 2012.

Rennison, B, Scafuri, M, Blouin, V, Mongon, B,. 2012,. Making it Right. Photogrammetric Deformation Analysis of the H.L Hunley Submarine Coordinate Metrology Society Conference. July 16 -20, 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stéphanie A. Cretté, Néstor G. González, Benjamin Rennison, Michael P. Scafuri, Paul Mardikian, Michael J. Drews, Marthe Carrier. Conserving Waterlogged Archaeological Corks Using Supercritical CO2 and Monitoring Their Shrinkage Using Structured-Light 3D Scanning. 11th ICOM-CC WOAM (Wet Organic Archaeological Materials) North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and East Carolina University May 24 – 28, 2010.

Benjamin Rennison. Society for Historical Archaeology Journal 2010 Waldemar Ossowski, The General Carleton Shipwreck 1785. Polish Maritime Museum. 231 pp. Review.

Rennison, B., M. Jacobsen, M. Scafuri, Hassebrook, L., Wachowiak, M. “The Alabama Yardstick - Three Dimensional Data Capture Techniques and Best Practice.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, VA, March 22-26.

Rennison, B., M. Jacobsen, M. Scafuri, “The Alabama Yardstick - Three Dimensional Data Capture Techniques and Best Practice.” 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, VA, March 22-26.

Scafuri, M., M. Jacobsen, B. Rennison, “Scanning in the Rain: A study of some of the unique challenges of employing a structured-light scanning system in the archaeological recording of maritime artifacts.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, Virginia , March 22-26.

B. Rennison, M. Scafuri. Enhancing the Site Plan: Photogrammetry and the 3D Site Plan Aboard the H.L Hunley. The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) “The Ties That Divide: Trade, Conflict & Borders” in Toronto, Canada. January 6-11.

Jacobsen, M, M. Scafuri, B. Rennison, and P. Mardikian. “Using Structured-Light Scanning Technology for Artifact Assessment, Analysis, and Modeling on the H.L. Hunley Project.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, VA, March 22-26.

Scafuri, M., Rennison, B. “3D Documentation in Color: White-light scanning and surface mapping on the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley.” Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 42nd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Toronto, Ontario , January 7-11. Abstract p. 302 in SHA 2009 The Ties that Divide: Trade , Conflict & Borders, Toronto.

International Journal of Naval History April 2008 Volume 7 Number 1. John H. Schroeder, Commodore John Rodgers: Paragon of the Early American Navy, University Press of Florida, 2006. 255 pp., Series: New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology. Review. Benjamin Rennison.

Professional society activity:
Member. Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)
Committee Member. CMS Certification Committee
Member. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Member. Forensic Security Metrology Society