“Towards a unified approach to 3D environment capture and rendering”

  • ©G. Watson and Bruce Lamond




    Towards a unified approach to 3D environment capture and rendering



    Two technologies for reconstruction of environments have emerged in recent years: active scanning with a laser rangefinder, and passive photogrammetry. While these techniques have taken great strides in realism in recent years we believe the best solution for 3D capture ultimately lies in the integration of these two methodologies. To this end we have developed a software framework to handle the different data types and integrate two capture methods.


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    The authors wish to acknowledge the support of EPSRC for project funding. We would also like to thank Dr. Paul Debevec and Dr. Lars Nyland for their assistance with this project.


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