Maptek chosen for Sydney Opera House scan

By on 28 May, 2013


The Scottish Ten project to record the Sydney Opera House in 3D has begun, with Maptek providing the laser scanning equipment used in the task.

The I-Site 8810 and I-Site 8800 ultra-long-range scanners captured the Opera House from all angles, including critical surroundings such as the plinth that the Opera House sits on and the main structure itself.

The Scottish Ten is a project that brings together Historic Scotland, Scotland’s Government heritage organisation, 3D scanning experts from the Digital Design Studio at Glasgow School of Art, and California-based digital heritage organisation CyArk, in order to digitally preserve some of the world’s greatest landmarks. The Scottish Ten team worked closely with the Sydney Opera House Trust to facilitate the 3D scanning project.

Maptek was approached because its 3D technology, designed primarily for mining, is able to quickly cover large geographical areas, enabling the scanning to occur from vantage points such as Fort Denison, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.

The Sydney Opera House is one of the world heritage sites being scanned for the Scottish Ten project. The ultimate goal is to cover five sites in Scotland and five in other parts of the world. Laser scan data will be used to create 3D models to preserve the sites for posterity.

Maptek technology has also been used to capture the landscape and ruins on the remote island of St Kilda, about 100 miles off the west coast of Scotland. This is one of only 28 World Heritage Sites around the globe with dual recognition for natural and cultural characteristics.

You can view the video and gallery of images at and find out more about the project at

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