A new 3D scan of Belfast’s City Walls is showing how they’ve been reconstructed using a new, custom-built, steel frame.
The project was inspired by the design of the city’s iconic Belfast Tower, a monument to the city, but was a massive undertaking, with the city having to build the structures from scratch.
The new project uses a custom-made steel frame and a new 3-D scanner to create a 3D representation of the City Walls from top to bottom.
The 3D image was created with the help of a custom 3D-printer and a custom CAD program.
The images were captured using a 3-axis digital camera, which uses an onboard laser scanning process to make it possible to accurately recreate each structure’s structure from multiple angles.
It’s a fascinating, complex project that has taken more than 30 years to complete.
“There’s a lot of complexity involved in reconstructing an entire structure from scratch,” project leader, Paul Bickford, told the Belfast Telegraph.
“You can’t just walk into a building and just get the structural elements.
The building must be completely reconstructed in 3D.”
The City Walls project was designed to create “a truly iconic landmark for Belfast and for Northern Ireland” and was commissioned by a range of organisations including the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Ireland Business and Cultural Alliance, the Belfast Arts Council, the City of Belfast, the Ulster Construction Association, the Arts Council Northern Ireland, and the City Council.
“Belfast is proud to have been a founding member of this project and to have contributed to the completion of this amazing project,” said Belfast City Council Chief Executive, Mary Bickfield.
The city is proud of its unique architecture and has been able to retain the City Wall for the past 40 years.
The City Wall was built to symbolise the City’s rich history and to celebrate the city and its people as well as the diversity of its residents.
“We know that the City is inextricably linked to its people and their heritage,” said the City Hall.
“We know this is a significant piece of history and a fitting symbol for Belfast.”