London, UK: Pointools ‘point cloud’ software based 3D models are being used to help in the restoration of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned Naval vessel in the world and Nelson’s flagship.
The software was used to process laser measurements following a laser scan survey by Deri Jones & Associates and Geospatial Survey Solutions (DJA/GSS). Processed to produce accurate 3D models of the hull, the scans recorded details of original features such as planking butts, iron eyes and rigging straps.
After 17 high resolution scans, each containing 40 million measurements by DJA/GSS; Pointools point cloud processing software was used as the foundation to create the highly accurate elevation models of the Port and Starboard hull sides as well as producing 3D coordinates for over 430 key points across the historic vessel’s hull. This record of existing structures and features allows for the accurate reconstruction and relocation of fittings or planking, enabling fast checking of refitted components.
“Pointools software is an essential component in complex projects such as this,” commented Deri Jones of DJA/GSS. “Using Pointools we can import large volumes of laser scanned data – regularly in excess of 300 million points – into our modelling software. Pointools also gives us powerful tools to efficiently model in both 2D and 3D and excellent options for client deliverables including high resolution images and animations while the free viewer makes it easy for our clients to make full use of the collected data.”