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Lyngen LiDAR Models

I developed 3 scenes representing real locations in the Lyngen Alps of Norway. The terrain is generated from LiDAR survey data of the region made by the Norwegian government for climate tracking purposes. The shots consist of ~500,000,000 data points. On each of the scenes I’ve inscribed rough sketches of the lines we skied / attempted.

A 3D rendered image of a mountain Store Fornestinden and the Godmother Couloir
A 3D rendered image of a mountain Lakselvtinden
A 3D rendered image of a mountain Russelvfjellet

I showed the triptych series in print at my friend's art show in Los Angeles– Smogged Out Open Studio. The raw LiDAR data was pulled from the Norweigan Mapping Authority and processed using a point cloud tool called Cloud Compare. Once processed for region, filtered for noise, and simplified, the data was imported into Blender for rendering. In order to make Blender accept these files, I had to dramatically reduce the raw data size.

To pull this off, I found a method within Cloud Compare to focus data in regions of higher terrain variability/roughness, while reducing smooth surfaces. This maintained better detail in rocky areas and smoothed out open fields. You can see this well in the photos below. Take note of the annotated Lakselvtinden image. Right of the summit, you can find a glacial surface. While this surface is mainly smooth, you can clearly identify the crevasses recorded form the LiDAR scans.

A drawing over a map of a mountain Our route up Lakselvtinden
A drawing over a map of a mountain The side of Urtinden. The following year we climbed the Tooth Couloir just out of frame.
A drawing over a map of a mountain Our route down the Eastern couloir of Store Russelvfjellet