27 April 2011

ScanLAB Projects



ScanLAB is an ongoing series of experimental projects investigating the use of 3D laser scanning in architecture. 3D scanning is an emerging architectural discourse and a potent tool for design and fabrication.

ScanLAB is run by Matthew Shaw and William Trossell who explore 3D scanning at all scales, from intricately detailed object to vast cityscapes. The technologies employed range from desktop self‐assemblages to state of the art LiDAR based surveying tools. See more;



Fabricate 2011 Conference Venue Scan

"We are privileged to have been a part of the hugely successful , exhibition and publication last weekend 14th+15h April.  As well as exhibiting our HD light boxes alongside Gramazio & Kohler's live robotic fabrication we snapped a few quick 3D scans of events throughout the weekend.  The video shows a quick animation through the chemistry auditorium during a great presentation by Tim Lucas of Price & Myers." 





Bartlett Summer Show 2010 [Plan_Section_Elevation]

"In the last Bartlett School of Architecture's Summer Show, 48 hours of colour 3D scanning produced 64 scans of the entire exhibition space using a Faro Photon 120 laser scanner. These have been compiled to form a complete 3D replica of the temporary show which has been distilled into a navigable animation (see next video) and a series of 'standard' architectural drawings. This body of work creates a permanent record of the temporary exhibition, not through recording images or video but solely through 3D scanning. The process of 3D scanning captures full colour millimetre perfect, spatial data of the models, drawings and exhibition spaces and allows them to be revisited long after the show has finished.

In these drawings, a three dimensional, sensual and temporary experience, is abstracted into a series of precisely detailed snap shots in time. The work becomes a collage of hours of delicately created lines and forms set within a feature prefect representation of the exhibition space."








Scanning the Mist

ScanLAB has been speculating on the capabilities of 3D scanning, and they thought it might be interesting to see if the scanner could detect smoke and mist. These are the amazing results! This test-experiment is part of the later site specific work "Slow Becoming Delightful".