Scottish team to capture 3-D images of Chinese tombs

A team from Scotland is planning to travel to China next year to provide 3-D scans of one of that country’s most important heritage sites -- the Eastern Qing tombs. In use from 1666 to 1911, the tombs are among the most spectacular in the world and are the resting place for some of China's most famous emperors.

Sep 23rd, 2011
Scottish team to capture 3-D images of Chinese tombs
Scottish team to capture 3-D images of Chinese tombs

A team from Scotland is planning to travel to China next year to provide 3-D scans of one of that country’s most important heritage sites -- the Eastern Qing tombs. In use from 1666 to 1911, the tombs are among the most spectacular in the world and are the resting place for some of China's most famous emperors.

The trip is part of the Scottish 10 project, a joint venture between Historic Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland) to digitally document all five of Scotland's world heritage sites and five international sites.

Each site is laser scanned to create 3-D images that can then be used to monitor changes to the structures. The 3-D images will also be made available to the public to allow a wider audience to experience the sites.

The team has already scanned St. Kilda, New Lanark, and Neolithic Orkney in Scotland and Mount Rushmore in the United States, with work also underway to capture the Queen's Stepwell -- or Rani Ki Vav -- in India.

Analysis and processing of the laser-scanned images will be performed back at the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art.

-- Posted by Vision Systems Design

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