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Revealing the secrets of the National Fund thanks to LiDAR 3D scanner

#SIU_news 2016-12-27 00:00:00

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging or Laser Rangefinder. It is used in autonomous vehicles to “see” the road and objects around it. Technology creates digital images by reading how light reflects off objects. These images can be recorded as a point cloud: a series of points that create an image (like pixels), which can then be converted to more specific 3D models.


 In the video above, you can see an exciting 3D scan of the Cowton estate created by Sean Ince and Lucas Bonberg of the University of Nottingham. Video author Lukas K Bonberg (Youtube)

 This technology was recently used at the University of Nottingham to create a digital image of the Coughton court, which is protected by the United Kingdom's National Heritage Organization.

 Architecture that talks about one of the most notorious events in British history

 Henry Garnet's father was an English Jesuit priest, he was executed for not informing the government of Guy Fawkes plot: use gunpowder under the House of Lords to kill King James I. On November 5, when the Gunpowder plot was discovered, Garnet's father was hiding in Cowton estate awaiting news from London. He was arrested in another magnificent house in Worcestershire, but if he had stayed in Cowton, who knows: perhaps he would have been able to avoid being arrested a little longer due to the secret priest's refuge.

 The rainbow portions of this point cloud highlight a secret hideaway in Cowton

 The priest’s secret shelter was one of the rare features of a historic house that was not opened by the University of Archeology of Nottingham and its engineering department. However, the project provides visitors with digital access to that part of the building that is usually hidden from the eyes of visitors.

Global context

 Although LiDAR technology was invented back in the early 1960s, more recently, efforts to improve the system have revealed much more than just the secrets of the 17th century. Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a way to place LiDAR on a chip. This makes it more accessible to designers creating objects such as unmanned aerial vehicles, which require an easy and affordable alternative to tripod-mounted LiDAR cameras.

 LiDAR was also among the 3D scanning technologies that were used to create vivid visual images in EA’s new game

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