Creating something from scratch can often be a time-intense and difficult task, particularly when a deadline is involved. DJS recently teamed with a local artist to help jump start a project under a tight deadline.

In this case, the artist was tasked with producing a sculpture, in the likeness of a person of interest who unfortunately is no longer with us. While the unique physical features of the subject’s face would require the careful attention and craftsmanship of the sculptor, the torso, arms and legs below could be more generic, as most human bodies tend to have common shapes. This is where 3D laser scanning could help.

Utilizing our hand-held 3D laser scanner, DJS was able to capture critical measurement data, digitizing the organic form of a stand-in model. The model, dressed in period appropriate clothing, stood motionless on a rotating platform, allowing DJS technicians to capture subtle details in a short period of time, using a highly accurate structured light laser scanner.

These laser scan measurements were then utilized to generate a watertight three-dimensional model, saved as a digital file. This digital file was used to allow a milling machine to generate an actual to-scale foam three-dimension model, which the artist was able to utilize as a template. In essence, the artist did not have spend precious time producing the rough form for the torso, arms and legs, and was able to focus their efforts on the face and head portion of the statue, which is arguably the most important.

Another great example of how 3D laser scanning can be utilized to provide the essential measurement information, serving as a foundation to produce an important deliverable, where accuracy is key.

For additional information on how 3D laser scanning can be utilized in case preparation and documentation, contact Jon W. Adams, Director of Architectural and Heritage Services at DJS Associates, at 215-659-2010 or via email at