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Central Scanning assist reknowned designers Jason Bruges Studio with the creation of the Digital Fountain at Westfield Stratford City

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Image by James Medcraft for Jason Bruges Studio

London based Jason Bruges Studio, established in 2002 were approached by Westfield Shopping Towns to develop a unique water feature as a focal point within the landscape at Westfield Stratford City. The brief for the 12 metre tall ‘Digital Fountain’ was to make the look as realistic as possible taking into account the movement of water and the environmental effects such as wind and sunlight around it.

Central Scanning were contacted to see if we could scan moving water in a fountain set up in the Studio's workshop space. Not having done this before and always interested in a challenge, we went to London armed with 4 ARTEC 3D Scanners to see what we could do. To scan the water, we knew that we would need a very fast scanning system that could capture all sides of the fountain at the same time. The ARTEC 3D scanners can be ‘bundled’ together to effectively create a single scan.

The next problem was to scan clear water which was overcome by using white paint mixed into the water in the test fountain! The colour was added until we could capture the droplets to create a point cloud of the moving water. The ARTEC 3D Scanners have a video mode that allows real time recording of the image and hence we were able to create a large data seat of points for further processing.

So, we captured a lot of points, what next…

The highly experienced designers at Jason Bruges Studio used the point cloud information to gather a vast knowledge of the water movement that then allowed them to design a complex series of algorithms to control the 7,000 LCD screens that are individually programmed to fade from black to transparent revealing the blue inks behind as a representation of the water. The fountain is complemented with 74 individually orchestrated speakers, providing a soundscape that matches the visual artwork located at the axis of the main pedestrian routes from both Stratford Underground and Stratford International Stations to the London 2012 Olympic Park.

"the Digital Fountain as seen in the attached images is very impressive to see in real life. The project was a challenge technically and we feel honoured to have been involved in such a prestigious project that will be seen by so many visitors attending the Olympic games this year."
says Nick Godfrey, Director, Central Scanning Limited.

For more information on the Digital Fountain, please see http://www.jasonbruges.com/projects/uk-projects/digital-fountain

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