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Duke Chapel Goes Virtual

This stunning 3D “snapshot” of Duke Chapel’s interior was built using digital cameras and a whole lot of computing power – no fancy scanners required. Back in May, a team led by CLIR post-doctoral fellow Edward Triplett captured more than 3000 photos of the chapel’s sanctuary. Then, with the help of a technique called photogrammetry, they used nearly 1500 of the photos to create a detailed 3D model, documenting the space less than a week after the completion of year-long renovations. In this still from the model, colors are used to indicate which direction each structural feature is pointing.