LiDAR, Drones & VR: The Ngāti Awa Marae and Tānewhirinaki Projects

Aug 24, 2022

As part of a study of marae resilience towards natural hazards within the Ngāti Awa rohe (an iwi centered around Whakatāne), LiDAR and Drone-based surveys are being conducted to create digital twins of more than 20 different hapū marae in the region. This project started with the digitisation of carvings from a wharenui (Tānewhirinaki) that was destroyed during the Napier Earthquake in 1931 and has been in storage ever since. However, the project is already gaining a lot of attention at an early stage, especially the VR experience of a temporary reconstruction for digitisation. This project is supported by QuakeCoRE, a seismic Centre for Research Excellence, and the EarthQuake Commission and won an NZIA Award in 2022

HOST: Kirsty Mackie – Reality Capture and Autonomous Survey BDM, Global Survey

PRESENTED BY: Zane Egginton – University of Auckland

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