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Carved Stone Project - Offaly County - Ireland


  • Offaly County Council

Project Content

In 2008 and 2009, several extraordinary objects in Offaly County, Ireland, were documented and visualised using 3D laser scanning and structured light scanning. The project's ambition was to record the historically meaningful crosses and buildings, which often lie on private territory, before the decay wears them further down and make them accessible for the public on virtual platforms.

Amon the most meaningful objects are especially the high crosses of Durrow, Tihilly and Kinitty, the Ardara bridge, the Rahan roound window and the glass house of Shinrone. Depending on the object's size and the level ob embellishment, two different kinds of survey systems were deployed (also in combination): the 3D laser scanner Riegl LMS 420i and the structured light scanning system QT Sculptor. The result of point clouds and photographic documentations were high resolution, photo-realistically textured 3D models and animations, which are available for download on the website of Offaly County. The impressive High Cross of Durrow was also prepared as a flash presentation, in which symbols and panels can be discovered interactively.

For an overview of all existing models in 3D, which can be viewed in the corresponding viewer.

Project Pictures

Ardara bridge - 3D-laser scanning
Durrow high cross - structured light scanning
Rahan church
Detail of the 3D-model - Durrow high cross
Complete model Durrow high cross
Complete model Kinitty high cross
3D-model Rahan round window

Link to an interactive flash-application(app. 10 MB)

Link to interactive application
Link zu interaktiver Anwendung