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UCA students harness technology to unveil historic vaults

A new student exhibition at The Brewery Tap in Folkestone unveils an installation and imagery created from 3D scanning technology of the former artillery fort at the Garrison Point peninsula at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Our second year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design students have recreated a vault at Garrison Fort using a captured 3D laser scan point cloud – a 3D image created of the area by 3D scanning technology – as a reference. Using materials such as steel and laser cut architectural film, this installation at the exhibition Shadow Vault is showcased alongside photography and other scan imagery of the fort.

“Shadow Vault unveils areas of the Garrison Fort that some people will have never seen,” said Lucy Jones, lecturer for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design at our Canterbury campus. “The students’ work showcases small intricate spaces that have been completely untouched, so the exhibition at The Brewery will give visitors a chance to discover more about the important local heritage associated with the semi-derelict fort.” 

Recorded by a UCA team, 3D scans provided the group of 13 students with a large amount of data to work from. The students took 3D scans of their own models, which were created based on their research and photography of Garrison Fort – integrating the advanced technology with unseen historical architecture.

“3D laser scanning is being used more and more in industry and it’s an extremely useful tool for interior architecture, so it’s great that the students have been able to explore how it’s used in this project,” said Lucy. “You wouldn’t be able to build a recreation like this from a computer model based on typical survey information. The 3D scanning can capture complicated architecture and creates a more tactile understanding of the structure.

“The students have been fantastic and really engaged with the project, taking ownership of their own contributions,” said Lucy. “They were very pleased with the outcomes, and visitors to the exhibition have said how they’ve been intrigued by how complex the architecture of Garrison Fort is.”

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