Areas of cultural significance included the San Francisco Opera House, Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts. Utilizing 3D scanning equipment Airlift was able to create digitally represented environments based on their physical counterparts and protect these culturally important spaces indefinitely.
This is the beginning of a larger initiative which includes other areas not only in San Francisco, but other cities and locations. Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and London.
San Francisco Opera House
3D scanning is a method of measurement utilizing a laser essentially as a tape measure. Capturing at 500k point per second, dense XYZ point clouds are acquired at each capture location. Those point cloud locations are then aligned and registered to create one complete point cloud data set.
The data is then triangulated into a dense mesh retaining resolution for ultimate accuracy or optimize for realtime applications. Airlift has custom pipelines and software that enables us to accurately represent each unique environment in the highest detail to meet the project's specifications and requirements.
Golden Gate Bridge
Palace of Fine Arts
There are many other use cases that go beyond just historical preservation with 3D scanning. This particular process can be easily expanded to more complex environments (interiors), human factors (ergonomics), product development (ideation), virtual reality (immersive media) and avatar capture (personalized virtual representations).
The use for this process will be more common place as we consume new types of media through different hardware devices and experiences. The future is exciting!