NAME: Architecture & 3D laser scanning
AUTHOR: Scott Page, an American architect who owns his own 3D laser scanning company in California.
DESCRIPTION: 3D laser scanning opens up new possibilities to architecture. This powerful tool can provide a highly accurate representation of existing buildings. Scott Page uses a FARO Focus3D scanner for his projects. Within minutes, the laser sweeps its surroundings and creates point clouds containing millions of measurements that will be translated into a 3D representation of the scanned structure. The data can then be exported to a CAD or BIM (building information modeling) program in order to study or modify the file.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The scans made by Scott Page have already made itself useful. The technology helped the community of the New Clairvaux Monastery in Vinas, California with the reconstruction of a 12th century chapter house brought from Spain in bricks in 1931. It might not be the prime purpose but there is also an artistic quality to these scans. The 3D representations have a ghostly, almost out-of-this-world aspect. The human presence can only be perceived in the objects left in the room, as if people have suddenly deserted the architecture. It is only a question of time before 3D laser scanners become the favorite creative tool of all the digital artists out there.