While driving in Texas, we heard about a little-known historical spot a bit further north (in Oklahoma), known as Autograph Rock. It is on the Sante Fe Trail, which went from Franklin, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We did some research and found out that it would be a great spot to 3D laser scan, for preservation purposes.
As my son wrote on his mini3DRV blog, which you can read by clicking the title, A Trip to Autograph Rock–Boise City, OK:
“Today, it [Autograph Rock] is definitely off the beaten trail, but back in the 1800′s, it was one of the major thoroughfares to the West. Many travelers and wagon trains came through and stopped there to rest and get water from the natural springs. While there, they carved their names into the sandstone ledges. There are over 300 signatures. Many are eroding, so Dad got permission to 3D scan it, so that they would have a permanent record of what it looked like today.”
The owners and steward of this property do a wonderful job, but these carvings are eroding and fading. So we hope our 3D laser scan, thanks to Faro, will help preserve a piece of history. In fact, we’re hoping that the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) team from the University of South Florida (post coming) will head out there and do a more complete job in the future. Here are a few photos to give you an idea. We are still working on firing up Autodesk ReCap to stitch the scans together and will create a post when done. If this isn't "reality computing," I don't know what is!
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