UK: Durham University scientists are using laser beams from a 3D scanner to help document Spain’s Field Farm before its removal, brick by brick, to Beamish Museum. The empty Weardale farm building will be rebuilt as part of a new 1950s exhibition, representing life on an uplands farm during an important period of change.
Geologist Joel Carle, of Geospatial Research, part of the university, is carrying out the 3D scanning with equipment normally used on cliffs and rocks. “We get a lot more detail with this. When it comes to reconstructing a building you’ve taken down it really helps you to see a lot more detail, so we’ve scanned indoors as well as outdoors. It gives a much better understanding of what things look like. In 2D you are looking at a 3D object in two dimensions and lose a lot of information. This is where we get it back with the 3D image,” said said Carle.