BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Moose Tower

Date: 6/1/12
Principal Researchers: Kat Vlahos
Mike Nulty
Julia Ausloos
Location: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Cortez, CO

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the standing architecture at Moose Tower is threatened by both natural and anthropogenic impacts.

In the summer of 2012 The Center of Preservation Research, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the national Park Service completed 3D digital documentation of the structure. Utilizing a Leica Scan Station 2 to collect LiDAR laser scan data the team of Mike Nulty and Julia Ausloos were able to complete a 3D model of the structure. This data collected will be archived for the creation of HABS drawings.

The Center of Preservation team was also joined on site by photogrammetry specialists from the BLM. Data from both teams was collected in such a way that both data sets could be compared and analyzed for the purpose of comparing the two technologies of LiDAR and Photogrammetry.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Moose Tower

Date: 6/1/12
Principal Researchers: Kat Vlahos
Mike Nulty
Julia Ausloos
Location: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Cortez, CO

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the standing architecture at Moose Tower is threatened by both natural and anthropogenic impacts.

In the summer of 2012 The Center of Preservation Research, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the national Park Service completed 3D digital documentation of the structure. Utilizing a Leica Scan Station 2 to collect LiDAR laser scan data the team of Mike Nulty and Julia Ausloos were able to complete a 3D model of the structure. This data collected will be archived for the creation of HABS drawings.

The Center of Preservation team was also joined on site by photogrammetry specialists from the BLM. Data from both teams was collected in such a way that both data sets could be compared and analyzed for the purpose of comparing the two technologies of LiDAR and Photogrammetry.