Art of the point cloud: A winning submission

June 21, 2017

Spatial Dimensions are delighted to have one of our Point Cloud images selected for inclusion in an exciting new book entitled “The Art of the Point Cloud” which is scheduled for publication later in 2017.

Here at Spatial Dimensions we process hundreds of Terabytes of data through our secure servers each month. Daily we collect Point clouds of survey information on our commissioned projects on behalf of our clients, to produce 3D Models and other deliverables. Each scan collects billions of data points.

At the end of 2016 we noticed a call for submissions to “The Art of the Point Cloud” project and were delighted to learn that one of our images has been approved for publication.

the art of the point cloud

A point cloud is a set of 3D data points in a three-dimensional coordinate system. From a 3D laser scanner, these points are usually defined by X, Y, and Z coordinates, along with values representing the intensity of the returned laser signal and sometimes RGB colour values.  They are usually intended to represent the external surface of an object.

The Art of the point cloud project will be publishing a high quality printed book later this year of some of the most beautiful and striking point cloud datasets from around the world.

Entries were reviewed by a team of experts from both industry and academia and were selected on artistic content and originality of the scan.

The Art of the Point Cloud is edited by Dr Paul Chapman (Head of The School of Simulation and Visualisation at GSA – SimVis), Dr David Mitchell (Director of Conservation – Historic Environment Scotland), Chris McGregor (Head of Projects – Historic Environment Scotland), Alastair Rawlinson (Head of Data Acquisition, SimVis) and Dr Lyn Wilson (Digital Documentation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland).

The School of Simulation and Visualisation (previously the Digital Design Studio) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of The Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

Wesley Stevens, operations manager at Spatial Dimensions commented “We process a huge amount of Point cloud survey data and I often see some wonderfully artistic imagery. When I saw the art of the point cloud project on the web at the end of last year I thought it would be a great opportunity to review some of our data and make a submission. Internally we held a competition among the team and our favorites were nominated. We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen and look forward to adding the book to our meeting room coffee table soon.”

We won’t reveal the successful entry until publication, so keep an eye on our Social Media channels for updates.

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