3D scanners are usually used to scan faces, objects and buildings but two architects, Matthew Shaw and William Trossel of ScanLAB, has developed the technology to expand the capabilities of 3D scanners. After working with 3D scanning for years, in 2011, the pair decided to start a new experiment: scanning mist and humidity. Was this duo successful? Below are images of 3D scans of smoke and mist used through the technologies which the two developed.
After being successful with scanning smoke and mist, the two partnered up with sea ice scientists, Till Wagner and Nick Toberg, to create a method of creating models of ice. Although the significance of scanning ice may not seem important, it provides a lot of information for the environmental and geomatic industries. The data collected from the 3D scans determines the ice’s thickness, snow depth and salinity; the information may be used to help develop solutions to global warming. This information further leads into research of unseen ocean currents or objects blurred by passing fog.
The founders of ScanLAB state:
"The scanning performed is believed to be the most detailed and successful of its kind. The data provides a vital replica of the onsite conditions which is now being used as the basis for a wealth of off-site research endeavours. The scans will also help validate measurements collected by aerial photography and satellite imagery, which are used throughout the year to record the extent of ice cap."
With 3D engineering is developing and advancing so rapidly, what ground breaking discovery will be next for 3D engineering?