February 2016 | Fiona Karn-Smith

The Painted Hall took on a virtual identity in February through an exciting 3D modelling project led by led by Simon Withers from the University of Greenwich and Dr Shaun Murray.

A virtual 3D image of the upper hall in the Painted Hall

3D Laser Scanning (or High Definition Surveying) is the ultimate measurement tool - a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape of a building or object using a line of laser light. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from surfaces. In other words, 3D laser scanning is a way to capture a building’s exact size and shape into the computer world as a digital 3-dimensional representation.

The scans represented here were just low-resolution versions of a much more detailed survey to be taken later in the year. The final digital images will used by students from the University of Greenwich Architecture School and will also form a valuable interpretation tool for the Painted Hall Project.

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