More than just a sum of the points: Re-thining the value of laser scanning

Henry Chapman, Eamonn Baldwin, Helen Moulden, Michael Lobb

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High-definition laser scanning is becoming increasingly popular within the field of heritage, with applications ranging from the digital recording and analysis of landscapes to buildings and objects. In some ways the uptake of this technology reflects new ways of addressing old questions, but with the potential for greater accuracy and density of spatial information. Through the exploration of three case studies, this chapter highlights the additional benefits that extend considerably beyond the initial intentions. It is argued that, unlike the results from more conventional survey methods, high-definition laser scan data can exist independently from the original intentions of the survey and that it holds considerable value for addressing previously unimagined possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisual heritage in the digital age
EditorsEugene Ch'ng, Vincent Gaffney, Henry Chapman
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4471-5535-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4471-5534-8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
ISSN (Print)2195-9056


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