3D Scanning of the Naracoorte Caves

Dr Liz Reed and Dr Lee Arnold are featured in the Naracoorte Herald for their scans of the Naracoorte Cave called Shultz.
The cave was scanned in a matter of hours using a 3D Scanner (HD LEICA geosystems 3D laser scanner) which uses lasers to record one million points per second in in virtually 360 degrees. These points are then used to reconstruct a “mesh” fly through of the cave.

PhD Candidate Martin Ankor, from the University of Adelaide, is a 3D Scanning specialist who scanned the cave and put together the resulting reconstruction.

“It’s definitely going to be a case of watch this space over the next few years of this project, so this is just one aspect, but there’s other things that we plan on doing that will answer some really significant questions.
“We’re just at the beginning of a grand adventure I feel,” say co-lead Dr Liz Reed.

The scans will be useful for Linkage Partners such as Wrattonbully Wine Region Association who use the site, for preserving the caves and help to uncover the extent of the cave system.

Read the full article in the Naracoorte Herald and watch the video below

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