Remembering the Fallen in 3D

Advances in 3D technology are enabling more and more people to visit places virtually. Normally reserved for property development, surveyors and architects these techniques can be used commercially or for hobbyists. This post demonstrates 3 techniques used to capture real world places and digitise them in 3D.

We chose to capture a few examples of WW2 sites that have been enhanced using 3D capture techniques to help visitors experience the in a different way. We hope you enjoy them!

St. George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich

The preserved ruin and crypt of St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich, London. This version also shows a ‘ghost’ model of how the original church would have looked.

The church was built in the Italian-Romanesque style in 1862-63 as a place of worship for Woolwich Royal Artillery garrison. In 1944 it was hit by a V1 flying bomb and largely destroyed by fire. The church was also bombed in the First World War when the stained glass was blown out. It has now been preserved with a memorial garden within the nave and the Venitian mosaics around the chancel, largely survive. The church was designed by Thomas Henry Wyatt (1807-1880) with his younger brother, Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877).

 

Photogrammetry for Architecture

  • The ghosted section was hit by a flying V1 bomb in 1944.
  • 6546 photos taken in November 2021 with a Sony a7R III and processed in Reality Capture.
  • Credit to Trevor Ley, Timothy Barnes and David Fletcher.

https://www.stgeorgeswoolwich.org/

Pillbox,  Hornchurch Country Park

A World War 2 pillbox at the southern end of Hornchurch Country Park, London. The park used to be the RAF Hornchurch airfield, hence the defences in this area.

A nearby sign describes this hexaganol type 22 pillbox as a Battle HQ. The pillbox is mostly buried with the entrance having been elsewhere nearby (not currently visible). This documentary shows the entrance tunnel being excavated at around the 40 minute mark.

Photogrammetry for Architecture

  • 579 photos taken in November 2021 with a Sony a7R III and processed in Reality Capture.

This documentary shows the entrance tunnel being excavated at around the 40 minute mark.

Watch the BBC Excavation Video

War Memorial, Stamford, Lincolnshire

As young teenager in the CCF I marched past this a few times. Located in Stamford, Lincolnshire (UK) the War Memorial is located on Braod Street. in front of Browne’s Hospital. The Memorial itself features nine bronze tablets with the names of 237 servicemen written on front.

A fresh appeal was launched to raise funds for a new memorial to honour the local soldiers who had died during World War II. This comprised five bronze panels fixed below those of World War I and the War Memorial was rededicated on Armistice Sunday 1949. The iron gates were dedicated at a Jubilee Civic Service on 9 June 2002. It is cleaned twice per week by volumteers and mebers of the Royal British Legion.

Photogrammetry for Architecture

  • 250 photos taken in November 2021 with an iPhone12 Pro and processed using Polycam app.

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