Modeling the Past
While passing through Fort Mill, S.C., I noticed an intriguing statue in the park beside one of the offices of Springs Global, a textile manufacturer originally founded as Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887. In 1914, Leroy Springs assumed ownership of the company, which has since grown to become the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of home furnishings.
In 1996, Springs Global commissioned seven sculptures by Bruno Lucchesi, an Italian-born American artist, to symbolize "The Springs of Achievement," an event to commemorate the company's excellence since its origin. Each statue symbolizes one of seven tenets embodied by the company: quality, service, creativity, education, planning for the future, respect for history, and personal and family well-being.
As I stood before the sculpture, I thought about the future and where we as surveyors are heading. I went back to my office and loaded my Leica Geosystems (San Ramon, Calif.) HDS3000 scanner into the truck. I then headed back to the park to begin a scan of the statue. Using the unit from four different positions, I scanned the statue. This was a fairly simple project, involving four sets of control points placed around the statue that could easily be seen in each scan. The control points were then used to register the four point clouds together. Subsequently, a cloud-to-cloud registration was done to tighten up the scan data. The registration process was completed using Leica Geosystems' Cyclone software version 5.4, and the data was then cleared of any outlying data points that were not applicable for the scan of the statue.