Hidden Gems

When completing a recent 3D building survey, amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy town centre the 3D survey team captured a sculpture “Reflection of Bedford”.

The Faro Focus 3D X laser scanner has captured every detail of the five metre-high, abstract work in stainless welded-steel and it shows the diversity that 3D laser scanning can bring in presenting projects to clients.  

With kind permission of the sculptor Rick Kirby.

3D laser survey of sculpture a hidden gem in bedford

The sculpture represents the diversity of ethnic backgrounds in the town and its links with brick and lace. At night it is illuminated with coloured lights. The faces, etched with brick shapes and with a lace design, are designed to be viewed from the High Street, on entering the pedestrian precinct of Silver Street. The back of the flat concave ‘ faces’ are plain.

In capturing the sculpture our engineers looked at how reflective surfaces can effect the quality of the registered point cloud and made adjustments to compensate for natural and artificial lighting reflecting from the surface.

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