House 07, Skara Brae

Skara Brae

Detail inside of House 07, Skara Brae

Location: Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Institute: CMC Associates

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House 07 is the most preserved of all the dwellings at Skara Brae. Early attempts at restoration resulted in the addition of a modern glass roof. This however has proved troublesome due to damage from increased moisture. It is hoped that further study of the stonework will produce a better solution for long term preservation of the site.

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Terrestrial Laser Scanning - Time of ight and Photography. We acquired the scan data from Historic Scotland and had no input on the technology or methods used. We did photograph the house for the purpose of creating Quicktime VR fims. For this we used a sheye lens to maximise the panoramic stitching of multiple photographs.

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Leica C10, & Leica HDS6100 ScannersvCanon DSLR with 15mm lens

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

Cyclone, CloudCompare, GeoMagic, Blender, Mudbox.

Model usU

Model Use

Initially for educational resources and teaching packs. Then expand to cover on-site interpretation and site management

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

Scan data was supplied as a Leica project file. We used Cyclone to export aligned point clouds as e57 files. The e57 retained positional data and point intensity values.  Each scan was imported to CloudCompare. Points with Intensity <.1 was deleted and then the files were merged and spatially subsampled to .005  Intensity data was then mapped to RGB values and the file sported as a PLY.  The coloured point clouds were wrapped in GeoMagic then retopologised with Blender. Contemporary and archive photography was then used to texture the low res models using MudBox and Blender. 

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

None Provided


Licence for Dataset

Paid Access - No Re-use