Interact with our 3D point clouds in your web browser!
Our partners at CyArk have been working to develop a new interactive 3D viewer, which can be used to explore the 3D point clouds and models we produce from our laser scanning projects.
A point cloud is the raw survey data produced by the scan system and is composed of individual x,y,z coordinate points which define the surface geometry of the object. More on this here. The point cloud data is our primary, objective source of information and the foundation for any animations, CAD drawings, virtual tours etc. that we may then develop.
We process the point cloud to produce a model - simply put this means we 'join the dots' - the individual coordinate points are processed using mathematical algorithms to produce a solid surface model.
More information on CyArk's new viewer and instructions on how to use here.
Soon we will be bringing you point clouds and models to interact with in 3D from across the Scottish Ten sites, but as a taster, explore Orkney's Maeshowe chambered tomb point cloud here.