April 19, 2013

Designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most iconic structures. This month, Sydney Opera House is being surveyed inside and out by a team of laser scanning experts from Scotland to create an extraordinarily detailed, 3D model of Australia's most famous building.

The Scottish Ten – an ambitious five-year collaboration between Historic Scotland, experts in 3D visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio and not-for-profit digital heritage organisation CyArk – are capturing the Opera House during April using cutting-edge laser-mapping technology.

3D Laser scanning allows the team to accurately record the 3D surface geometry of objects in a digital form. A large amount of 3D data can be collected within a short period of time.

The team has developed a custom-built rig onto which they could attach the scanner to help them capture inaccessible points around the sails. The team used a flying fox system to transfer the rig from one set of sails to the other. It is important to capture the context within which the Opera House sits, so the team will be working with special scanners typically used for capturing long-range data in mines to accurately record the Sydney Harbour area.

The innovative, interactive rendering will be delivered in time for the Opera House's 40th anniversary celebrations in October.

The project will provide the Opera House, the only modern structure of The Scottish Ten's listed sites, with comprehensive data for its ongoing management, conservation, interpretation and educational programmes.

(Images credit: Scottish Ten)

"The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognised buildings and an important World Heritage place," said Federal Minister for Environment and Minister for the Arts Tony Burke. "It is not just a symbol of Australia's cultural and artistic excellence, but to many, it is also a symbol of Australia itself. This project will help capture the form and beauty of the building itself and make more people want to see and experience this world heritage site first hand."

The Sydney Opera House joins Mount Rushmore in the US, India's Rani ki Vav (The Queen's Stepwell) and China's Eastern Qing Tombs as one of five international and five Scottish UNESCO-inscribed, World Heritage sites to be preserved for posterity.


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CornGolem wrote at 4/19/2013 4:47:16 PM:

Why don't they get the architect's plan...

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