2009-2010 PHASE ONE
After seeing a television show about the Vimy caves in 2009, CANADIGM founder Zenon Andrusyszyn makes contact with the Durand Group in 2010 and takes his first trip to visit the site that same year. He photographs the images inside the caves, which are then used to plan the subsequent mapping trip by the CANADIGM group. The photographs of the souterraine interior also help in designing the specialized equipment needed to complete the wall mapping. Zenon also notes site characteristics, such as floor and ceiling heights, the width of the entrance and rise and run of stairs. more
Temperature, air quality and humidity are also noted, since they are important in determining the type of personal safety equipment required. It’s decided that bright-coloured safety jackets with reflective tape are needed to maintain a comfortable body temperature and for visibility sake. Hard hats with personal head lamps, coveralls, safety boots and gloves are also added to round out the gear.
Based on the initial visit a list is made which includes appropriate photographic equipment in addition to a specially designed vertical camera boom.

In May 2011, the first CANADIGM group arrives at the site and members begin to familiarize themselves with the souterraine layout before beginning the documentation process.
‘Le Gizmo,’ the specially-designed vertical camera boom, arrives two days later and is assembled below ground in an open, level area. more
The Canadigm Group

Three specific wall sections of the souterraine are chosen for their abundance of images. They’re photographed in sequence both vertically and horizontally and with overlapping areas. These images will later be stitched together to recreate a complete cave wall.




The Candigm Group
The group meticulously records all images, as well as their locations and heights within the souterraine. After returning to Canada, research begins to link the names of Canadian soldiers with their carvings (see Linked Names section of the website). This key research component is ongoing.




The Canadigm Group

In June 2012, the CANADIGM team returns to the site for the third phase of the project. At this time, 3D laser scans of the carvings are made for later duplication.





The Canadigm Group

In addition, using a large format camera, high-resolution photographs of the images and carvings are taken for archival purposes . These image files are between 300 and 600 megabytes in size.
48 Highlander Sectional
48 Higlander Scan
The 3D laser scanner captures the surface texture of the wall carvings, as you can see in the ‘green’ example.
Once captured, the files are converted to machine language, which is used to recreate the carvings as actual 3D duplicates. The files may also be used to create VRML files for use in HTML web pages in educational materials.

2012-2014 PHASE FOUR
Once the physical documentation process is complete, the images are compiled, selected images recreated and the names of the soldiers who carved them are linked together wherever possible. more
J Cameron The Canadigm Group
Born Aberdeen, Scotland 24 March 1886
Next of Kin: Mrs. Florence Cameron
Married : Yes.............Occupation : Moulder
Attestation location: Brandon, Manitoba
WOUNDED : 9th April 1917, Vimy Ridge
Struck in the neck by a piece of shrapnel.........Survives the  war.
Died : Brandon, Manitoba, June 1964
Any existing photographs of these Canadian soldiers will also be included in the display. Please check our Linked Names section to see if you recognize any of the soldiers’ family names. If you do, and you know of a surviving family member who might have a photo, we’d be grateful if you’d contact us.

The intent of the exhibition is to provide the opportunity for Canadians from coast to coast to share in this important historical treasure.

2015-2018 PHASE FIVE
The cross-Canada Souterraine Impressions Exhibition toured from 2015 till 2018. If you would like to have this exhibit or portions of the exhibit to visit your area please mention it to your local museum curator.
We will be happy to provide the necessary information in bringing it to you local.


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