We rebuild the geometry of elements and infrastructures using 3D laser scanner technology

Some of our heritage projects

Our work based on the Structured Light Scanner technology allows us to generate a large amount of geometric documentation from the collected data by means of processing and editing software, mesh and 3D printing.

Scanning and digitalization building customs of Barcelona Port (1896 - 1902)

The Customs building of the Port of Barcelona is located in front of the Atarazanas in the Raval district of Barcelona, ​​just in front of the Old Port, it sought to monumentalize the maritime entrance to the city and, at the same time, sought to rationalize the operations of control and valuation of goods.
It was built between 1896 and 1902 by the architect Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia in collaboration with Pere Garcia Fària, with an H-shaped plan, following the author's usual eclectic style.
It is a monumental building formed by two parallel bodies joined by another transversal body. The part that faces the sea is lower and has an industrial building typology. The main body, on the other hand, has the appearance of a palace, with a monumental facade richly decorated with classical motifs, some of them sculptures of illustrious and famous sculptors of the time such as Eusebi Arnau.
The façade has a monumental aspect, reminiscent of European-Central architecture, decorated with classical motifs -mainly in Ionic order-, topped with the shields of Barcelona, ​​Catalonia and Spain, and with two eagles and eight winged lions, by Eusebi Arnau

3D scan and digitization of the Roman arch of Bará (13 a.C.)

The Arc of Bará. It is a triumphal arch (Arc de Berá) It is one of the best examples of monumental arch of a vain we have in Spain, and one of the best known. It is located on the layout of the Via Augusta, now converted into the N-340 road. Until the twentieth century the layout of this road ran under the monument. The Via Augusta was the longest of all the Roman roads of Hispania, traveled about 1500 km from Gades (Cádiz) to Narbo Martius (Narbonne, in France).

Built around the year 13 a.C., during the mandate of Emperor Augustus, was included in the reform of the network of roads that meant a change of layout of the Herculean road as it passed through Tárraco. This reform supposed the change of name of the route, that from that moment happened to be called Vía Augusta. 

It is an honorific arch formed by a central body on two rectangular-shaped podiums consisting of three rows of ashlars, decorated with false fluted pilasters that culminate in Corinthian capitals. It has a single opening in a semicircular arch. The upper part of the construction has an entablature formed by architrave, frieze and cornice. It is built with calcareous stone, probably from a nearby site.

ScanPhase scans and digitizes stone shields of the pedestal monument to Columbus (1888), work of architect Cayetano Buigas

The Monument to Columbus is a sculptural group located in the Plaza del Portal de la Paz in Barcelona. Built in homage to the discoverer Christopher Columbus, it is erected at the junction between Las Ramblas and Paseo de Colón, in front of the old port of Barcelona. It was built in the context of the works to improve the coastline of Barcelona made on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888. The author of the project was the architect Cayetano Buigas, and the sculptural decoration involved several artists. It measures a total of 57 meters in height, and is divided into three bodies. The base of the monument is surrounded by a plinth with historiated reliefs interspersed with limestone shields, the work of the ornamentalist sculptor and famous façade decorator Lluis Ferreri.
On this pedestal there are eight shields of dimensions 1.60 x 1.35 x 0.15. As you can see the shields were scanned in 3D by laser and for its postproduction we went beyond the point cloud, generally useful for CAD tools, but it was also transformed into a parametric format for further processing in Solidworks type tools or their reproduction by means of 3D printers or CNC milling.

ScanPhase scans, digitizes and reproduces in 3D the new organ of the Basilica of Merced in Barcelona

This new organ has been promoted by the Brotherhood of the Mercè and built by the workshop of the master Gerhard Grenzing. This monumental instrument, with an outstanding liturgical tradition, will serve to fill a gap in the musical panorama of the city. The instrument was released in September 2018 and went on to have an instrument of 3,000 tubes and 48 records, compared to about 1,500 tubes and 18 previous modalities.

The organ builder Gerhard Grenzing, who has his workshop in El Papiol (Barcelona) and is an international benchmark as one of the best master organ builders in the world, has been commissioned to raise the new organ capable of interpreting all styles and periods, both Catalan music, like Iberian, German and French.

The previous organ of the basilica was projected in 1940 by Gaietà Estadella, who died in 1944, before being able to finish it, leaving an unfinished and chaotic instrument. At the functional level, the greatest deficiency was the extreme hardness of the keyboards, with values ​​exceeding 500 grams (twice the maximum admissible values) and which made it impossible for the organist to play with a minimum of comfort. This state its use for concerts was impossible and its role in the liturgical celebrations limited.

ScanPhase scans and digitizes the hermitage of Sant Onofre (XV century)

The hermitage of Sant Onofre is located in the natural environment of the Sierra de la Marina, municipality of Badalona in the province of Barcelona.

This small oratory dedicated to San Onofre was built by the monks of the nearby Monastery of San Jerónimo de Murtra, in an isolated place called the hill of the hermitages. Built in the 15th century (1498-1501), they were built as part of the framework of the monastery to accommodate the needs of the monks to retire in prayer during certain seasons.

It is a hermitage of plant and straight apse, covered to two slopes with the trestle perpendicular to the facade, there are remains of a belfry. It is accessed by means of a semi-circular arch door made with gray granite voussoirs, it should be noted that the central one is fallen in relation to the others. The door is accessed by a semicircular flight of steps.

It has two windows. That of the facade, on the door that is narrow and high, with a semicircular arch and adorned with sculptures. The second, in the apse, tall and narrow and reduced to the wall. It is the point of light of the altar.

Digitalization of dolmen 'Pedra Gentil', monument of the Neolithic

@ScanPhase scans and digitizes the Vallgorguina dolmen also called the Pedra Gentil located within the Natural Park of Montnegre i el Corredor, a megalithic monument like many others in the peninsula and of which little is known, which is estimated to have been built between the 3500 a. C and 2000 a. C.

The dolmen is formed by 7 vertical megaliths, which support a large upper horizontal megalithic block. The 7 vertical megaliths are not all of a single piece, but 3 of them consist of a large stone and another small juxtaposed upper stone, one of them consists of 3 parts (lower base, large central stone and small upper stone). Its exterior height is 1.53 meters (interior: 1.28 meters).

The arrangement of the megaliths is circular, with a distance between them that ranges between 20 and 39 centimeters, leaving a large opening between two megaliths, of 81 centimeters, as a doorway.

The large horizontal upper megalith is split in half, with a certain separation between its two parts (25 centimeters). Its maximum length is 3.16 meters and its width is 2.54 meters.

Digitization and 3D printing of the sculpture Desconsuelo (1907) by the sculptor Josep Llimona

Scanphase has digitized the well-known sculpture EL Desconsuelo, made in white marble by Josep Llimona i Bruguera (1863 - 1934) and currently conserved in the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. The first version, of plaster, is from 1903.

In 1907 Llimona presented the sculpture at the International Exhibition of Fine Arts in Barcelona, ​​which earned him the Prize of Honor. The work was acquired by the Municipal Museum of the city and later joined the MNAC fund in 1909.

In 1917 Llimona carved a replica, in marble and of a larger size, for the oval pond of the garden that Jean-Claude Nicolás Forestier had projected the previous year in the Ciutadella Park. Damaged by pollution, the sculpture was replaced in 1984 by a copy, and the original is kept inside the Parliament of Catalonia.

The digitization process was carried out generating a point cloud from 3600 frames, necessary to create the complete mesh of final surface that allowed realistic 3D printing in polymer at a scale of 1:12.

Digitalization and reproduction 3D sculptures of the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM)

Scanphase has digitized the famous sculpture of the European Museum of Modern Art by the Austrian-German sculptor Josef Thorak (1889 - 1952), known at the time for his "grand monuments" and his preference for bare muscular neoclassical sculptures.
The digitization process was carried out in three parts, taking into account the height of the sculpture 4m, generating a cloud of points from 4500 frames, necessary to be able to create the complete mesh of definitive surface that allowed the realistic 3D printing in polymer to a scale of 1:15.
This work reaffirms the importance of 3D digitization of elements of artistic and cultural heritage, since it gives access to all public knowledge and contact with works of high value that previously could only be achieved in person.

ScanPhase digitizes and reproduces in 3D the sculpture The Goddess (1909) by the sculptor Josep Clarà i Ayats

Scanphase has digitized the famous sculpture The Goddess (1909), made in white marble by the sculptor Josep Clarà i Ayats (1878 - 1958). This remarkable work is framed in the "mediterraneísmo", term to designate especially the plastic artists of the Noucentista movement of the catalan environment, with a great sense of rhythm and smooth volumes, breaking with the anecdote and with great care of the form looking for Beauty together with formal perfection.

The sculpture participates in 1910 in the National Exhibition being awarded and the following year it obtains gold medal in the International Exhibition of Amsterdam. In 1927, he received the invitation of the city council of Barcelona for the sculptures project in Plaça Catalunya, but due to his nakedness and because of the moralistic pressures of the moment he was retired, but the night before the inauguration of the International Exhibition of 1929, again placed, achieving great success among the public. In 1982 he moved from Plaza de Cataluña to the lobby of the House of the City of Barcelona, ​​placing in his place a copy made by the sculptor Ricard Sala.

The digitization process was carried out by generating a point cloud from 3800 frames, necessary to create the complete mesh of definitive surface that allowed the realistic 3D printing in polymer at a scale of 1:12.

Digitization and 3D reproduction of Hercules sculpture by Albert Madaula

Scanphase digitizes and reproduces 3D sculpture Hercules by Albert Madaula (1986), multifaceted artist (film director, photographer, painter, sculptor) from Barcelona, ​​completely obsessed with human bodies and above all with his looks, photography and painting were the artistic areas that captivated him and made him define his style.
The work consisted in the scanning and digitalization of the original sculpture in clay by structured light scanner, generating a cloud of points from 1900 frames, necessary to create the complete mesh of final surface, which allowed realistic 3D printing in polymer on a scale of 1: 3, which was done in parts, taking into account the original volume.
This work reaffirms the importance of 3D digitization of elements of artistic and cultural heritage, since it allows its subsequent treatment and gives access to all public knowledge and contact with works of high value that previously could only be achieved in person.

Scanphase has scanned, digitized and printed 3D sculptures from Art Bona

Scanphase has scanned, digitized and printed 3D sculptures from the Art Bona workshops, characterized by combining perfectly the magic of artistic design with the sculptural fantasy of all its models.

The digitization process was carried out by applying the projection of a light pattern and its registration in an acquisition system, taking into account that it was necessary to capture and reproduce details smaller than 2 mm. After the generation of the point cloud it was necessary to elaborate a mesh of polygons considering the required details and the minimum viable thicknesses for their 3D printing in polymer (scales 1: 1 and 1: 2).

This work reaffirms the importance of 3D digitization of elements of artistic and cultural heritage, since it gives access to all public knowledge and contact with works of high value that previously could only be achieved by hand.

Reproduction and printing 3D sculptures by Jorge Egea

Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. Egea has been a professor in the Department of Sculpture of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona and is currently director of the Catalan Institute of Sculpture Research (ICRE).The works consisted in the scan of his works and the 3D reproduction of the same to different scales.This same technique has been done for other sculptures by different authors.

3D printing Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Romanesque Central Plant building

La Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Located in the town of Mantua, Lombardy, is a remarkable example of a Central Plant or building where all architecture is organized around a central axis.

The building was built in 1083 on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to Vesta of S.IV. According to tradition, by desire of Matilde de Canossa, as an evocation of the Anástasis (Resurrection) in Jerusalem.

The church, a remarkable example of Romanesque art, is articulated in a circular central floor, complemented by a semicircular apse. The central core formed by 10 circular brick pillars forming an ambulatory, the two columns located to the east in front of the apse are two old columns with capitals.

The temple was closed to adoration in 1579 at the disposal of Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga and declined quite quickly: first it became a warehouse and then, once discovered, a circular courtyard for private use in the populous district of Mantua Jewish ghetto.

In 1908 the building was expropriated and, after the restoration, it was reopened in 1911 and returned to the cult in 1926. To return it to the original probable forms, the San Tomè di Almenno San Bartolomeo roundabout was used as a model.

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