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New interactive 3D model of the Kia Ora carved in the tunnels of Arras

Friday, 28 October 2016 5:48pm

The LiDARRAS project released a new 3D model of the Kia Ora and silver ferns carved by soldiers of the NZETC in the Blenheim quarry underneath Arras in France. The model is a textured mesh made from high resolution laser scans that can be explored easily from any web browser.

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Professional photographer Ian Alderman captures stunning photos of surveying students at work

Friday, 28 October 2016 4:30pm

Professional photographer Ian Alderman gifted to the LiDARRAS project magnificent photos of our students at work while surveying the underground network of tunnels and quarries during the second fieldwork campaign.

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LiDARRAS project featured at WWI remembrance ceremony

Friday, 28 October 2016 5:12pm

The LiDARRAS project was featured at a special programme marking the centenary of the First Word War on the afternoon of the remembrance ceremony of the War in France at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

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Bentley Systems sponsors the LiDARRAS project

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 4:39pm

Bentley Systems generously sponsors the LiDARRAS project by providing license for their Reality Modeling Software.

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LiDARRAS second fieldwork campaign meets objectives

Friday, 26 August 2016 2:42pm

The second fieldwork campaign of the LiDARRAS project has now been completed. After spending nearly 4 weeks underground surveying the quarries and tunnels dug by New Zealand soldiers during WW1, School of Surveying student Chris Page and fellow ESGT student Damien Houvet have carried out with brio the giant scanning task. Following a 2 week debriefing with our French partners of the ESGT, Chris returned to New Zealand earlier this month with nearly 1000 scans and 12,000 photos of the underground.

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Video clip reveals LiDARRAS second fieldwork campaign

Monday, 18 July 2016 2:45pm

Young film-maker association APIA filmed the LiDARRAS team at work and produced a great video clip illustrating the scanning of the underground network of Arras during the second fieldwork campaign.

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The LiDARRAS project featured in French news!

Friday, 8 July 2016 2:49pm

The LiDARRAS project was featured in a French local journal and on the evening regional news edition of a national TV channel.

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LiDARRAS second survey campaign well underway

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:35am

Richard Hemi returns from Arras, France, where he was involved with the second survey campaign of the underground network of tunnels and quarries dug by the NZ Tunnellers during WWI.

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Otago and French experts bring WWI tunnels to wider audience

Friday, 24 June 2016 2:03pm

Staff and a students from Otago’s National School of Surveying, along with counterparts from the École Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes, are using 3D laser scanning to record and map a network of WWI tunnels and caves under the northern French city of Arras, creating a stunning virtual world to be explored from the safety of their newly launched website.

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LiDARRAS Timeline

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:51pm

This timeline gives you the overview of the whole project.