“Mapping” the Historic Fox Theatre in Billions of Data Points
SMYRNA, GA, October 7, 2016 – Imagine how much easier their task would have been if Atlanta Landmarks’ “Save The Fox” organization had the advantage of 3D laser scanning data which would have given them precise, as-built renderings of the theater exactly as it was when it first opened in 1929. Unfortunately, that project took place before the technology that documents space to within ±2mm existed. Forty-one years after that restoration project, the Fox Theatre’s personnel recently engaged Repro Products, Inc. (RPI) to utilize decidedly 21st century 3D scanning technology to document every part of the historic space from the basement to the rafters. The project was undertaken to accurately capture the facility with point cloud data which will be used for historical documentation and renovations, as well as maintenance and operations.
RPI, one of the pioneers in providing 3D laser scanning services to property owners, architects, General Contractors and property managers across the U.S., has scanned the facility creating billions of data points. Point cloud data from 3D laser scans is used to create 3D models which are useful for the past, present and future. Like many other historic landmarks around the world such as Mount Rushmore and the Tower of London, it was imperative to scan Atlanta’s beloved landmark, The Fox Theatre, to create documentation which will serve as a historic preservation tool.
This data will also enable the Fox managers to understand the entire space and represent with precision how each space interacts with the others, providing measurements which are useful for the day-to-day operations of the building. When the need arises to make any repairs, workers will be afforded accurate floorplans which will facilitate timely and cost- efficient decisions and the ability to restore the property to the condition it was in on the day it was scanned. The 3D model will also be crucial as any enhancements are made to the space, such as the upcoming incorporation of the former Churchill Grounds into the Fox facility. This will enable the historic space to honor its past while it stretches to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
About Repro Products, Inc.
Repro Products, Inc. (RPI), established in 1979, specializes in 3D laser scanning services, CAD software and imaging solutions. As metro Atlanta’s Xerox Agency and a leading provider of wide format equipment, RPI is the preferred source for printers, copiers, scanners and production equipment. RPI’s 3D Imaging Division’s services include field laser scanning, point cloud processing and Autodesk® software implementation workflows. Certified scanning professionals from RPI have extensive experience in data collection and real world application of the data to create meaningful models.
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