Laser scanning Kinneil House

A few months ago, the Digital Documentation team spent 2 days in the Kinneil Estate near Bo’ness. There were several reasons for this visit; one of them was to collect data (laser scanning and GNSS) in the area of the Roman fortlet for a PhD research project on the Antonine Wall.

The other reason for the visit was to laser scan Kinneil House itself for the Rae Project, our programme of digitally documenting all of HES’s properties in care. I was sadly not involved in scanning the House, which has some incredible Renaissance wall paintings and really is worth a visit. I was, however, given the task of processing the data, registering the scans in Cyclone and producing the deliverables: TruViews and a set of orthoimages (plans, elevations and sections).

The project consisted of P40 scans with HDR imaging for the exterior, plus HDS6100 and Faro scans for the interiors (total around 60 scans). I registered the scans and then cleaned them in Cyclone to isolate the building, remove trees, people and occasional noise from the data. For the orthoimages, I experimented with different visual styles, to see which one would bring out more detail in the point cloud. In the end, for each view I exported the same ortho-TIFF with different visual styles (shaded and silhouette) and combined them in Photoshop. Here are some of the results:

The Hidden Landscape of a Roman Frontier is joint PhD programme between HES and Canterbury University. For more info see here or follow Nick Hannon @Hannon_Arch on Twitter.

The local charity group Friends of Kinneil have been very enthusiastic about our work on the site. You can follow their activities on Twitter @kinneil.

And, as always, follow Rae Project activity on Twitter #RaeProject.