High Definition Survey/Laser Scanning

3D Laser Scanner(s)

Leica HDS 3000 is a high definition scanner for the documentation of communities, historical architecture and archaeology. Uses include the collection of 3D point cloud data for historical structures documentation such as the Statue of Liberty and high definition documentation of archaeological sites such as Mesa Verde National Park.

Leica ScanStation C10 is an upgrade to the HDS 3000. This equipment includes the functionality of an optical total station which allows users to traverse, resection or use scan targets for maximum flexibility in dealing with site logistics. It also conducts general 360ยบ and focused areas scans faster, can be setup & moved faster, lets users locate targets, register & geo-reference faster, and lets users check scan results faster.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Trimble survey grade GPS is for site and structure documentation. Uses include positioning data set for inclusion into Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and surveying of architectural and archaeological sites.

Optical Survey Total Station

This Leica survey instrument is for the documentation of architecture and communities. Uses include establishing control grids for the documentation of architecture, communities and archaeology.

Creafrom Handheld 3D Scanner

The Creafrom handheld 3D Scanner is a portable, high resolution (sub-millimeter) scanner. Uses include 3D scanning of existing objects, 3D archiving, complex shape acquisition, measurements archiving, digital models and mock-ups and rapid prototyping.

FLIR Infrared Camera

The FLIR Infrared Camera captures images in the infrared spectrum allowing the user to detect the difference in temperature between an area and its surroundings. The FLIR infrared camera is an excellent, non-contact, tool for Building Diagnostics, Energy Audits, Moisture Detection, and Restoration & Remediation.

Ground Penetrating Radar

The ground penetrating radar system uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. GPR can be used in a variety of media, including rock, soil, ice, fresh water, pavements and structures. It can detect objects, changes in material, and voids and cracks. Applications include nondestructive testing (NDT) of structures and pavements, locating buried structures and utility lines, and studying soils and bedrock. In environmental remediation, GPR is used to define landfills, contaminant plumes, and other remediation sites.

Computing Resources

Virtual Reality Projection System

Computing and stereo projection system for the simulation of virtual environments. Uses include archaeology interpretation, design visualization and behavioral research (wayfinding).

Render Farm

Over 30 high-performance computers networked together to produce high resolution renderings of complex scenes for animation sequences. Uses include design visualization and virtual interpretation of historical architecture and archaeology.

Instruction to Render Farm using 3D Studio Max
Instruction to Render Farm using V-Ray for Rhino4.0

Additional Resources

The ARDC provides other support equipment and instruments such as large format camera, high resolution digital cameras, digital video cameras, large format printing, large format document scanning, and digital video editing.