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November 24, 2015

In 2001, Laser Scanning Looked Like This

Scan Demo Screenshot

At this point in time, it feels like laser scanning has been in the public eye forever. Obviously, that’s not the case, and every once in a while a bit of evidence pops up to demonstrate that the road toward mainstream acceptance for the humble 3D scan has been a long and arduous one.

Take, for instance, this presentation on a project to scan the Lincoln Memorial in December of 2001, or 14 years ago. The presentation was given by IMA to members of the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institute, and other government organizations. It explains the elements of a laser scanning project that we now take for granted: Scope of work. How laser scanners operate. What an as-built is. 

It’s also fun to see a video filmed on what appears to be a handheld camcorder without autofocus, which has pretty much gone extinct since the release of the smartphone. Laser scanners, though, they’re still going strong all these years later.

Thanks to Direct Dimensions for the twitter tip! For more reading about the project, check out Direct Dimensions’ website.

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