Researchers build 3-D mapping system

This summer a team of University researchers is using a state-of-the-art 3-D laser to scan sections of downtown Minneapolis, including such landmarks as Walker Art Center. The researchers are building a three-dimensional mapping system that’s part of a larger effort by the University’s Digital Design Consortium (DDC), a unique collaboration involving specialists from computer science and architecture.

Minnesota 3-D Scanning Project leader Baoquan Chen, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is a researcher with the DDC, which is developing new technologies for the entire architectural design process.