Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

NICAS Colloquium

08Nov2018 12:00 - 13:00


The next edition of the NICAS Colloquium takes place on Thursday, 8 November 2018, from 12:00 to 13:00 in conference room B of the Atelier Building (Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam).


The chair of this colloquium will be Herman den Otter (UvA).


The following presentations are scheduled for this edition of the NICAS Colloquium:


Vidar Thijssen

The use of advances in technologies for restoration practice; in the reintegration of lost veneer.

Within the restoration practice of wood & furniture, the reintegration of lost veneer is a frequently occurring activity. This ongoing diagnostic research considers the possible use of 3D-scanning, -computing and -machining techniques to approximate the losses of veneer in objects. The goal of this research is to illustrate the added value and potential problems of these technologies within restoration practice. The relevance of this research concerns the possibility of reintegrating losses in a more reversible manner by leaving the original material intact and approximating the pattern of the loss to create a more visually pleasing result than can be achieved in current restoration practice. To approximate the visual appearance and patterns of lost veneer, algorithms can be used to make digital image interpolations on the basis of mathematical shapes that can be derived from surrounding wood patterns.

Vidar Thijssen is presently following the post master’s programme for conservation & restoration of cultural heritage at the UvA, specialising in Wood & Furniture, after finishing his master’s in the same programme earlier this year. Previously he earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology.


Suzan de Groot

The Plastics Identification Tool (PIT)

The digital Plastics Identification Tool (PIT) is the product of the NICAS and SBMK (Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst) Project Plastic. The PIT makes it possible to identify plastics in museum collections without using analytical laboratory equipment and in many cases even without taking a sample. Using the senses sight, touch, smell, and sound, the answering of yes/no questions in PIT leads to the correct plastic.

Suzan de Groot is project leader of the plastic project at RCE. She is specialised in plastics in museum collections and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy as analytical techniques.

NICAS Colloquium

More information about the NICAS Colloquium can be found here.



Thursday, 8 November 2018


12:00 – 13:00 hrs


Conference Room B, Atelier Building
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

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