ARIEL (Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory) is TRIUMF's new facility revolutionizing the study of isotopes for science, medicine and business. With 3D scanning technology, we began exploring new ways to virtual access to the facility for public audiences.
TRIUMF is Canada's particle accelerator centre, home of the world's largest cyclotron, leading research in Cosmology & Dark Matter, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Molecular & Materials Science, Nuclear Medicine, Electronics & Radiation Testing, and Nuclear Astrophysics.
Scanning ARIEL with LiDAR Technology
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) devices use lasers to detect objects in their surroundings. Most widely known for its use in the development of autonomous cars or for architectural measurements, we explored how this technology could capture immersive 3D environments using the FARO scanner.
By accessing the scans in the form of point clouds, its spatial data could be streamlined in animation workflows to produce live action camera moves inside the space and produce near photorealistic render quality.
Integrating LiDAR to highlight ARIEL from concept to commissioning
The most significant expansion project in TRIUMF's 50-year history, ARIEL will be among the only purpose-built multi-user rare isotope facilities in the world. Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), six provinces, and with the backing from 21 universities, it will be commissioned and operational in phases between 2020-2026. On December 6, TRIUMF scientists and engineers achieved a major milestone for the Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL), maneuvering for the first time a radioactive isotope beam through ARIEL's CANREB facility and into the ISAC-II experimental hall. By assembling archival imagery with LiDAR scanning at various levels of detail, larger audience could join TRIUMF in celebrating these milestones.