Minnesota 3D Scanning Project

In this project we employ a state-of-the-art 3D scanner to scan real world (urban) environments and then develop algorithms and software to register, segment, and render the scanned data. The scanner we use is the LMS-Z360 3D Imaging Sensor from Riegl USA, Inc. This scanner is capable of scanning large outdoor environments (ranging up to 200m). The scanner offers high precision (1cm precision within a range of 200m), large field of view (90° x 360°), and high speed (18 000 pts/sec).
Applications: There are a wide range of application for the combined hardware and software system: archaeological site and landmark structure preservation, urban planning, architecture design, and entertainments, etc.

Scanning Downtown Minneapolis In Summer 2006, we scanned a portion of downtown Minneapolis around the Walker Art area. Then freshmen Mike Kaeding and Pat Weygand did the scanning by driving a van around mounted with the scanner. In-between the scanning, they registered the scans together using our in-house tool. Mike, Pat, and Nathan Gossett (PhD student) did an interview with the WCCO on the project and was aired on 6/12/06. video here (25MB)

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