Documenting the RRS Discovery

gallery_2Digital Surveys, based in the UK was commissioned to create a 3D digital model of the RRS Discovery. Not only did they accomplish this task, but they also created a very impressive case study on their website. There is also a plan to create a VR for the Oculus Rift.

This iconic vessel famously carried explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first successful journey to the Antarctic in 1901. It was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship built in Britain. Thanks to Kevin Dixon for the heads up.

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CyArk 500 Annual Summit 2014 is Next Week

In case you may not have seen the earlier post, the CyArk 500 Annual Summit is just one week away. This important cultural heritage event takes place October 7 and 8 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The conference features an outstanding line-up of speakers and technical presentations. I hope to see you there.


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Students Learn About 3D Scanning and Printing

This is a very encouraging article on the use of 3D scanning and printing to get young students excited about paleontology. Imagine when they enter the workplace.

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Doubling Up on Mobile Mapping

Nothing speaks louder than investing money about the health of a business. Michael Baker announced yesterday that they had purchased two Optech Lynx SG1 mobile mapping systems. One is actually an upgrade of an existing system. That’s a major investment by a world leader in the field – encouraging news for the industry.

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Gamer Using Point Clouds

Euclideon is claiming their new voxel-based game engine can use point clouds to create photo realistic graphics. Not everyone believes the following:

Euclideon’s proprietary design purportedly uses a laser scanner to create a point cloud model of a real-world area. That area can then be translated into a voxel renderer and drawn by a conventional GPU (though the task might be accelerated on a product like Maxwell). Supposedly this can be done so efficiently and with such speed that there’s no need for conventional load screens or enormous amounts of texture memory. Storing data as a point cloud allows information to be streamed off conventional hard drives.

That engine could be of value to the professional community.

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Using Laser Scanning in Forest Fire Forensics

In this report from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office used 3D laser-scanning to document the evidence in order to better understand the cause of what was called the 36 Pit fire in Oregon. Although the reporters are a little confused about the technology it once again points to the increasing use of 3D laser scanning in forensics.

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The Great Wall of China in 3D

image005Acute3D, based in France is leading a team that has been commissioned to document the Great Wall of China. Here’s how they describe it:

The project of modeling the Great Wall of China in 3D was officially launched last September 16, 2014. It will be supervised by China’s Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritage and funded by China Great Wall Society and UNESCO.

The goal of this project is to protect, document and promote the Great Wall of China to the world. To this end, 3 years will be dedicated to create the whole 6,000km length of the Great Wall of China and its surroundings in 3D, in high resolution.

Now that is going to be a 3D project.

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Automated 3D Feature Extraction

It’s hard getting back in the saddle, but here goes.

There’s not a lot of information in the link to this Ph.D. seminar, but it raises a new approach, at least for me to the age old problem of automating feature extraction. In this case the research is promoting the use of an energy function. A quick search on this turned up this somewhat related Wikipedia entry.

The research was aimed at developing a robust technology for modelling urban scenes by using the energy minimization method which provides an expressive and elegant framework to naturally encode soft problem constraints such that the optimal 3D reconstruction solution can be discriminated by solving a minima problem. The research undertaken has explored the energy function to solve various tasks, such as LiDAR data filtering, building detection, building footprint extraction and plane segmentation.

I should have paid more attention in those math classes.

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Spectacular Trip

And that does not even begin to describe Montana. I just spent the two most spectacular and exciting outdoor adventure days of my life. The first in Glacier National Park and then today fly fishing on the North Fork of the Blackfoot River.

Much more to follow when time permits.

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Goin Fishin

I don’t recall planning to take this many days off since I started this blog almost six years ago, but I have a chance to go fly fishing with my son in Montana so I will be taking a few days off. Hold the fort…

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