Using software from Pointools to process millions, sometimes billions, of 3D measurements captured by laser scanning instruments, heritage preservation specialist CyArk is creating animated videos, architectural drawings and 3D visualisations of sites such as Mount Rushmore, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and an ancient Egyptian temple at Thebes (modern day Luxor).
London, UK – Hi tech laser mapping is being used to help digitally
preserve cultural heritage sites around the world. Using software from Pointools
to process millions, sometimes billions, of 3D measurements captured by laser
scanning instruments, heritage preservation specialist CyArk is creating
animated videos, architectural drawings and 3D visualisations of sites such as
Mount Rushmore, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and an ancient Egyptian temple at
Thebes (modern day Luxor). The Pointools generated models provide visually
stunning content for educational and tourism materials and provide a foundation
for conservation, restoration and management works.
CyArk is a
non-profit entity whose mission is to digitally preserve cultural heritage sites
by collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser
scanning, digital modelling, and other state-of-the-art technologies. Using
Pointools, a suite of software specifically designed for the processing,
visualisation, drawing and modelling of point cloud data, CyArk generates
animated videos of the 3D data as well as creating architectural
CyArk is currently working on projects to document the four
missions of the San Antonio Missions National Park in Texas, USA and have just
completed a joint venture project with the US National Park Service and
Scotland’s Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (formed of
Historic Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art) to fully document the sculpture
and ground facilities of Mount Rushmore National Monument.
invaluable work has been highlighted recently in Africa. In 2008 a CyArk
partner travelling in Uganda laser scanned a portion of the Kasubi Tombs, the
royal tomb of the last four Bugandan kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Earlier this year the wood and thatch structure of the tomb was destroyed by
fire; CyArk has since been in direct contact with Prince James of the Buganda
Kingdom and the captured data is now being reviewed by the experts in charge of
rebuilding the structure.
“Pointools gives us the best of both
worlds,” commented Justin Barton, Production Manager at CyArk. “The superior
rendering abilities enable us to create stunning 3D visualisations for education
and outreach work while the highly accurate models, such as brick-by-brick
elevation, provide information for conservators and restoration experts.”
“In addition, some of our clients in the heritage sector do not have
access to suitable software or the experience and knowledge of 3D point clouds.
Using Pointools we can provide simple, scaled image files which helps us
overcome that hurdle,” continued Barton. “A great example of this was the Kasubi
Tombs reconstruction effort where access to advanced, expensive software was
limited but we were easily able to send Pointools generated image files via
Pointools Laser Images Help CyArk Visualise World Heritage Sites
July 14, 2010