Italy: Researchers at the Computational Informatics Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have created a first interior 3D map of Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The team or researchers used Zebedee, a new handheld 3D laser scanner, which sways around on a spring as its operator walks through a structure to be mapped. It is the first time that the historic building has been mapped from the inside. “This new technique would have wide applications from mapping mining tunnels and police crime scenes to preserving buildings like the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” said Dr Jonathan Roberts, Director of the Computational Informatics Division at CSIRO. Dr Roberts added that scanning the leaning tower was a ‘Pisa cake’.