An Introduction to 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning and the Built Environment

This course will provide the participants with an introduction to 3D terrestrial laser scanning and its applications within the practice of architecture.  Specific topics will include an overview of available hardware and software and a review of current applications within the practice of architecture.   We will also discuss innovative scenarios for novel applications of laser scanning.  A selection of case studies demonstrating both the value-added by and the limitations of scanning will used to illustrate the topics of study. The presentation will also examine the limits of digital data acquisition and the translation of that data into models and drawings, and reflect on the future of laser scanning in architecture.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Ryan Odell, OAA, MRAIC

Partner, Principle Architect, If Then Architecture Inc.

With 10 years of experience in the practice of architecture with various firms, including Douglas Cardinal Architect, Smith Carter Architect and Architecture49, Ryan has shifted his focus to build an emerging architectural practice specializing in 3D laser scanning and design assist services. Ryan's involvement in the development 3D laser scanning began during his tenure at Carleton Immersive Studio Lab at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urban Design, and has since led to various implementations both within the realm of research and in the practice of architecture.

James Hayes, M.Arch, PhD Candidate

Partner, If Then Architecture Inc. and CIMS, PhD Candidate

James is a PhD candidate at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and a researcher at the Carleton immersive Media Studio. Recently he became a founding partner of If Then Architecture Inc. His research focuses on coupling digitization technologies such as laser scanning and photogrammetry with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, CNC routing and robotic milling.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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