The 3D documentation of historic or culturally important structures is an underappreciated application of laser scanning. Modeling buildings from point clouds provides avenues for exploring virtual interactivity in otherwise inaccessible environments. As augmented reality approaches ubiquity, it’s reasonable to expect point cloud data to emerge as one of its primary mediums. Those familiar with LiDar technology are aware of the benefits of using laser scanners for 3D documentation; what might be slightly unclear is the why – the time, effort, and considerable financial capital involved may seem difficult to justify.
“When you combine technology and history, people get excited. We have so many historic buildings in need of documentation. We should be recording them.”
- Shawn Herring -
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