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Lidar Scanning For Environments

A dotdotdash Lab Report

Question

Whether it be an installation, pop-up, retail space, or innovation lab, our spatial design practice is typically focused within existing venues, and having a precise model of the space in which we’re working is critical to the project’s success.

Solution

While other high price options exist, we integrated existing hardware/software into our own self-contained, easily deployable, lidar-based solution to scan and capture accurate and detailed 3D architectural data of any type of space we work within.

  1. Intel NUC
  2. 20A LiPo 6s battery
  3. 24v DC/DC transformer
  4. 19.5v DC/DC transformer
  5. 12v DC/DC transformer
  6. HDMI screen
  7. Pelican case
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The kit
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The kit
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Google Cartographer SLAM System Overview
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Scanning our shop space (imaged with an IR modified DSLR)
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Zack rockin’ the gimbal and the lidar.
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A detailed, highly-accurate lidar scan of the dotdotdash Portland studio.

Conclusion

An accurate model ensures a level of design precision and confidence, as well as consistency in process across our environmental work. Knowing where everything is and isn’t minimizes repeat visits to a project site, design iterations, and surprises during installation. Ultimately, we can make informed decisions to maximize a space’s creative potential.

dotdotdash is an innovation agency seamlessly blending the physical and digital.

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