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October 28, 2020
GeoSLAM Completes Spook-Tacular Scanning of Californian Landmark

The team at geospatial 3D mapping specialist GeoSLAM has produced a digital twin of one of the world’s most haunted mansions, The Winchester Mystery House, using the newly-launched ZEB Go.

It may be hard to believe the feat of scanning this vast architectural landmark, built in 1886. The site, located in the City of San José, spans 4.5 acres and the four-story mansion covers 24,000 square feet, featuring some 160 rooms, as well as 40 staircases, basements and a myriad of passages, corridors and alcoves.

Considering the building’s complexities, the survey called for a mobile mapping system that could easily negotiate the confined and difficult-to-access places  that wouldn’t mean days or weeks spent onsite.The Zeb Go’s ‘walk and scan’ method of data collection enabled GeoSLAM’s sales director Jackie Guilbault and senior solutions architect Brian D Rosensteel, to rapidly capture the building and understand its layout, digitally.

The entire 4.5 acre Winchester Mystery House complex captured in under 4 hours

An exterior scan, containing 172.3 million points and 820 high resolution images, was captured in just 20 minutes using the ZEB Discovery, and the 160 interior rooms were scanned in under 3 hours with the ZEB Go. The result? A comprehensive digital model, including detailed 2D and 3D floorplans of the enormous mansion, produced significantly  quicker than traditional survey equipment.

Brian said: “The Winchester Mystery House is one of the most complex buildings I have ever had the privilege to survey. However, with our mobile scanners it took only a few hours, when it would have taken weeks using terrestrial survey tools. Everything is so quick and easy with the ZEB Go.”

For more information on GeoSLAM, visit www.geoslam.com.

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