Powering education through 3D scans of Forth Bridge

ForthBridge_Miles Oglethorpe

Incredibly detailed 3D scans of the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage Site will form the basis for interactive games promoting engineering skills for school children, the Scottish Government has revealed.

First announced in 2014, the £300,000 scanning project is one of the most challenging and complex 3D scans undertaken anywhere in the world. It has amassed a data-cloud of many billions of dimensionally accurate points on the structures of the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the partially built Queensferry Crossing.

Now a further grant of £425,000 from Transport Scotland has enabled Scottish digital heritage experts to start work on learning games, augmented reality apps, real-time interactive models for virtual headset tours and video fly-throughs for release in 2018, all aimed at developing STEM skills among pupils in Scottish schools.

The project has released an animation of the “point cloud” data of the Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“The Forth Bridges represent Scotland’s industrial past, creative present and our dynamic and innovative future. […] UNESCO expects us to celebrate our World Heritage, and to convey it to as big an audience as possible. The latest digital technologies not only make this possible, but also allow us to consider ways of tackling some of the wider recording issues facing other World Heritage Sites across the world.”

The Forth Bridge was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in July 2015. More information can be found on their website.