Creaform Breathes Life into a Symbol of the Olympic Games
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Press release date: February 25, 2010
The Inukshuk that Inspired the Creator of the Vancouver 2010 Logo Enters the Virtual World
Levis, February 25th, 2010 - Creaform has produced a short animated film featuring a full-size 3D scan model of the Inukshuk that served as inspiration to the creator of the logo for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Olympic fever has long been burning from coast to coast to coast, and Creaform staff had it bad. Last December, a scanning team made the trip to Vancouver and paid a visit to the Inukshuk standing on English Bay, near Stanley Park, and scanned the entire 6-metre-tall stone statue using 2 of the VIUscan, the Handyscan 3D laser scanner that acquires both geometry and texture.
Jerome Baillargeon, a member of the 2-man scanning team, was impressed: "Only when I was a few centimetres away from this symbol did I realize what it truly means. It was because of honourable age-old values, very different from those prevailing nowadays, that people built such structures."
Once scanning was complete, computer graphics artists worked with the 3D scan model to put it in context. "I wanted to show the origin of the symbol by showing winter and the lifestyle of the indigenous people," said Louis-Philippe Gendron, Artistic Director on the project. "I wanted to emphasize the importance of forests in Canada, the enormous trees, the importance of nature and its central position in the indigenous cultures."
According to Maxime Davignon, Project Manager, "The main steps in this project were to first scan the statue in 3D, to retouch the topology so that we would be able to make it move, and then to create a short animation film that would explain the origins of the logo."
Scanning the Inukshuk was made easy by the versatility and portability of the Handyscan 3D laser scanner used, although it did involve an aerial platform to reach the uppermost features. The cold weather on English Bay was also quite a challenge for the scanning team. The Creaform team has experience using textured 3D scan models for multimedia animations, so retouching the topology and animating the 3D scan model was a fun way to flex those muscles.
The team first thought of this project when they came across the CBC Website article about the winner of the contest to design the Vancouver 2010 logo. The French version of the short film may be viewed here.
Creaform is a technological company that offers innovative solutions covering the entire range of 3D applications: 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, design and engineering, and FEA. Our products, our services and our advanced training program are intended for companies from the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, education, heritage preservation & architecture, manufacturing, medical care and multimedia industries, among others.
Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D line of scanners. These state-of-the-art self-positioning handheld 3D laser scanners are known for the high accuracy of the 3D scanning data they generate, their true portability, and their ease of use. Creaform also manufactures and sells the HandyPROBE, the 100% portable, wireless CMM, a probing system designed for inspection applications. Creaform is an international company, with offices in Québec City, in Montréal, in the United States, in France, in China and in Japan.
For more information, please contact:
Julie Martineau, Communications
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