Thursday, May 22, 2008

Angkor Wat in 3D

Today I'd like to highlight a project from the ETH's Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry in Zurich, Switzerland.

The project, "Reality-based 3D modeling of the Angkorian temples using aerial images", was performed in 2006 and focused on the start to finish processing workflow for 3D modeling of the temple complex near Siam Reap, Cambodia. The project area was captured by a Leica RC20 camera in 1997 and provided to ETH by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project website proceeds to outline challenges (e.g. lack of ground control points within the project area) and processing methods (including LPS) employed during the creation of the 3D models of the temples.

The downloads section of the project page includes an excellent paper outlining the entire process.

If you haven't been to Angkor Wat, it is an amazing place. Here are a few photos I took there a couple of years ago:

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