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LiDAR Expedition to Alcatraz, Presenting the Past with RIEGL Technology

top view photography of island surrounded by body of water
top view photography of island surrounded by body of water

Alcatraz Island, known for its legendary history as a federal prison, has fascinated people around the world for years. Now, with the help of advanced LiDAR technology, we can explore this famous landmark like never before. In a recent webinar, Tan Nguyen and Bryan Menendez from RIEGL USA, together with Pete Kelsey from VCTO Labs, guided us through an amazing journey, showcasing Alcatraz through the lens of RIEGL’s sophisticated laser scanning systems.

Project Scope & Mission

The Alcatraz LiDAR expedition aimed to document the island’s structures, terrain, and hidden features. Preservation was a key goal, ensuring that this historical site remains accessible for future generations. Additionally, the team explored the potential for leveraging LiDAR data to enhance tourism experiences.

Cutting-Edge Technologies

The RIEGL team employed two powerful terrestrial laser scanners:

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  1. VZ-600i: This scanner meticulously captured the prison’s interior, revealing forgotten corners, cells, and architectural details.
  2. VZ-2000i: With its long-range capabilities, this scanner mapped the exterior, including the rugged cliffs and iconic lighthouse.

Collaboration & Data Processing

Collaboration was at the heart of this project. Nguyen’s expertise in RIEGL’s scanner lineup ensured accurate data collection, while Menendez focused on public safety applications. Kelsey’s technical solutions expertise facilitated seamless collaboration between teams.

Data processing involved merging the various datasets into a comprehensive deliverable. The result? A detailed 3D model of Alcatraz, ready for analysis, preservation, and immersive virtual tours.

Tales from the Expedition

Beyond the technical aspects, the team shared anecdotes from their overnight stay on the island. Being “locked up” in the former prison cells added a layer of authenticity to their experience.

In summary, the Alcatraz LiDAR expedition showcases the power of technology to unlock hidden stories and preserve our past. Through RIEGL’s eyes, we see Alcatraz anew — a testament to innovation and historical stewardship.

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