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Holden Observatory -- 3D Scanning a Full Size Building!

by ibudmen, published

Holden Observatory -- 3D Scanning a Full Size Building! by ibudmen Apr 14, 2014

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After scanning a few people, some art, and even my cat I was approached by Arland Whitfield, founder of Skyworks, with the idea to put our heads together & scan something BIG.

The building we decided on was Holden Observatory on Syracuse University's campus, being one of the oldest buildings in the area and at a little over 2 stories tall it was the perfect sized challenge to try and bite off.

Scanning Holden


PROCESS Study

From my experiments scanning regular sized objects, I knew there were 3 basic angles we needed to capture in order to get the scan.

1. Low and angled up  
2. High and angled down  
3. Directly above and straight down  

Scanning Holden

To read more about our process for scanning a full size building check out the writeup!

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Awesome job! May I ask what scale the model is in?
Nice scan dude! How many pictures you used for rendering model? And how did you get rid of that tree? :)
This is a nice model and good results from 123D Catch. Do you have any VRML or OBJ files with the color included?

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Awesome job! May I ask what scale the model is in?
Nice scan dude! How many pictures you used for rendering model? And how did you get rid of that tree? :)
This is a nice model and good results from 123D Catch. Do you have any VRML or OBJ files with the color included?
Nice scan you got there, very awesome idea to use a drone!
I see you use 123D Catch. Have you tried to use you images in something else to process it, like Photoscan? I noticed that it gives me a lot more detail than 123D and it's more stable in possessing.
I haven't tried Photoscan yet, I've been doing a lot of experiments with VisualSFM with some promising results. Thanks for the recommendation, definitely going to check out Photoscan!
Was this done on a grant?
Nope, it's the product of two combined passions
Very cool, looks like it won't need supports either
Absolutely right, it will print without supports -- the ever so slight over hang at the roof sorts itself out on a well-adjusted printer.
same as what he said
What software did you use for processing your photographs? I tried to do a similar thing with a full size tractor using 123 Catch, but I was unsuccessful.
Autodesk Recap 360 is the software used for this particular model, however, I'm very excited about the experiments I've been doing with VisualSFM an open source photogrammetry program. I'd highly recommend checking it out, even if the installation is a bit funky.
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