Hovermap streamlines heritage scanning at QUT

Merging the airborne and walking scan was effective. Dr Bratanov processed, merged, and colorized the three scans with Emesent software, then used Cloud Compare and Agisoft Metashape to filter and create a clean point cloud. This was then animated using Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects to create a video visualization.

Researchers led by Prof Gonzalez were then able to use the prepared, clean point cloud in CAD tools such as PointCab to create a floorplan of each level of the building and PointFuse to create a mesh.

The data captured through laser scanning of heritage buildings offers a wealth of benefits to custodians, historians, and researchers. Establishing an accurate, complete digital map of Old Government House will allow QUT to record changes that have been made to the building over the years and document the details of structural elements and architectural features. The record can also be used to identify the locations of important objects and photographs for insurance purposes and to monitor the condition of the building in years to come.

With Hovermap in their large research infrastructure toolbox, the REF team has everything it needs to help QUT researchers preserve the past and prepare for the future.