3D model of the Safi lab!

Now here is something cool! Itamar Berko, who is an MA student in the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at BIU, will be utilizing the handheld LIDAR scanner (Geoslam Zeb-Revo) that we recently purchased (joint ISF equipment grant to Boaz Zissu, Rafi Kent and Aren Maeir) for field research in caves.

For practice, he did a quick, walk-around scan of the Safi lab.

Go to this very cool 3D model that he produced. Don’t be scared of the blog of dots! Check it out and “go inside” – and you’ll be able to see actual details of the rooms and even furniture in the lab. And take into account that this was done very quickly, with a relatively look resolution. Cool!

Imagine how effective this would be to walk into a dark cave, and be able to collected data in a short time that would enable to produce an accurate 3D model of the cave. Much simpler than standard measuring methods!