Last year, Boaz Zissu, Rafi Kent and yours truly received an equipment grant from the ISF to purchase some really cool equipment. This included a airborne LIDAR scanner (carried on a drone) and a hand held LIDAR scanner (GeoSLAM Zeb-Revo).
We are now in the process of starting to use this equipment and several students at BIU are being trained in the use of the equipment.
A couple of weeks ago, Itamar Berko, who is an MA student in our department, did a LIDAR scan of a rather complex cave at Maresha. He walked around the cave for about 40 minutes, holding the scanner. Then, based on the collected data, he produced a really cool 3D model of the cave.
See this link to check out the 3D model. Try it out and move around in the cave – it is quite astounding!
And this is the result of a very short scan! Imagine the detail that could be produced from a much more extended scan!
Definitely very cool. We hope to start using these tools in various manners in the near future.