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This Jubilee Weekend: five London landmarks as you’ve never seen them before

By Peter Fitzgibbon - 31st May 2022 - 13:55

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the GeoSLAM team has been out and about, collecting scan data of some of the key London landmarks set to feature in the upcoming festivities

If you aren’t heading down to London, you can get to know these stunning landmarks in all their glory from the comfort of your own home. You’ll see them like never before, getting a different perspective as these vast and intricate structures are rendered from point cloud data for you to explore.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s London Royal residence, Buckingham Palace is sure to feature heavily in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. This impressive structure was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham. Later structural additions were made in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The palace stands today at 108 metres long, 120 metres deep and 24 metres high. It has a total of 775 rooms. It’s bigger than the White House and is the 15th largest palace in the world.

The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will take place here on 4th June, as well as the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on 5th June.

All of the details were captured, on foot, in just 23 minutes. The processed data was turned into a point cloud, made up of 93.5 million points.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

One of the most famous sights of London, St Paul’s has featured in many Royal celebrations such as the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee services. There will be a private service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s 70 years of service on 3rd June. The structure as we know it today was consecrated in 1697. From 1710 to 1963 it was the tallest building in London.

The tower of St Paul’s measures 67m high, and the total height of the cathedral is 111m. The outer diameter of the dome is 34m. Whilst vast, it isn’t quite the largest cathedral in the UK. Liverpool Cathedral is the largest and Salisbury is the tallest, with St Paul’s second on both counts.

The scan of St Paul’s Cathedral was collected in 19 minutes, and the data visualisation contains 134.2 million points.

Tower of London

Tower of London

This historic castle is known to have brought security and safety to the Royal family for hundreds of years. Its vast and complex interior takes around 4 hours to fully explore. It is 27 metres in height and is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace, making Queen Elizabeth II the owner of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

This year, 20 million flowers have been planted in the 14,000sq metre moat in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. This Superbloom event features 29 different species of flowers.

Due to the ZEB Horizon’s walk and scan capabilities, the perimeter of the Tower of London was captured in just 19 minutes. The scan collected 73.1 million points to be processed into the data visualisation.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Another iconic symbol of London, Tower Bridge crosses the Thames close to the Tower of London. This famous suspension bridge was built between 1886 and 1894. It stands 65m high and spans 240m across the river.

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the River Thames will see its first night-time flotilla, the Platinum Reflections Flotilla. The planned event takes place in September between Chelsea and Tower Bridge.

Alongside the ZEB Horizon, this data was also captured using the ZEB Discovery accessory. The scan of Tower Bridge took 20 minutes in total and consists of 93.5 million points.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

This public square housing Nelson’s Column is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown. It has an estimated capacity of 19,999 people. It has been suggested that the fourth plinth in Trafalgar square is reserved for a statue of Queen Elizabeth II. 70 years ago, the Queen’s Coronation procession passed through Trafalgar Square.

Around Trafalgar Square and The Mall, big screens are expected to showcase different Platinum Jubilee events from across the country.

By simply walking around Trafalgar Square with the ZEB Horizon, the data was captured in 16 minutes. The final data visualisation is made up of 68.3 million points and shows the variety of statues in the public square.

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