From Point Cloud to Textured Model, the Zamani Laser Scanning Pipeline in Heritage Documentation

Heinz Rüther, Christof Held, Roshan Bhurtha, Ralph Schroeder, Stephen Wessels

Abstract


The paper describes the stages of the laser scanning pipeline from data acquisition to the final 3D computer model based on experiences gained during the ongoing creation of data for the African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes database. The various processes are briefly discussed and challenges are highlighted which need to be addressed to develop the full potential of laser scanning. Experiences with fieldwork, scan registration, hole-filling, data cleaning, modelling and texturing are reported. The potential strengths and weaknesses of the emerging tool of “Structure from Motion” are briefly explored for their potential use in combination with laser scanning.

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