'World's Largest Dinosaur' in Alberta goes digital

Saturday, August 8, 2020

'The World's Largest Dinosaur' in Drumheller, Alta. was captured in a 3D scan, seen here. (Source: GeoSLAM)

One of Canada’s biggest and strangest tourist attractions now has a digital twin.

The 25-metre-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex statue in Drumheller, Alta., aptly named the World’s Largest Dinosaur, has drawn thousands of tourists to its gaping jaws since it was built in 2000.

A team member from GeoSLAM, a digital 3D mobile mapping company based in the U.K., recently visited the Alberta attraction and used a handheld scanner to capture an image of the 65-tonne beast.

By walking around the statue at arms length, the device was able to render a near-complete image of the dinosaur and its surroundings, including several cars and trees.

The team says it took less than five minutes to capture the image.

A photo of what is billed as the 'world's largest dinosaur' in Drumheller, Alta. in this June 15, 2010 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Digitizing giant dinosaur statues isn’t exactly what the technology was designed for. GeoSLAM bills itself as a mobile-friendly 3D scanning company that can capture comprehensive images of anything from hospitals to entire neighbourhoods.

There doesn’t appear to be a particular purpose for the scan, aside from novelty.

The Drumheller dinosaur is located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, a region known for its dinosaur fossils and arresting rocky terrain.

The attraction was closed to the public earlier in the pandemic but has since reopened. A few weeks ago, a couple got engaged inside the tyrannosaur’s jaws.

The World’s Largest Dinosaur was built for a price tag of $1 million and is nearly five times larger than a typical T. rex.

Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/