Case Study: The tale of the bespoke bookcases.

Carving by sculptor Miguel Angel Tapia – see

In an era of rapid technological advancements, photogrammetry has emerged as a powerful and versatile tool for preservation and documentation of cultural heritage, natural landscapes, and underwater environments. 

As a leading company specialising in terrestrial and underwater photogrammetry, we pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art solutions for accurate, repeatable digital preservation, as well as downstream analysis and interpretation. Our partnership with 3D Flow, along with our other software providers and tailored Python scripts producers, ensure data integrity and facilitate seamless automation.

In this article, we highlight a recent project for Accupixel that showcases the potential of photogrammetry to create detailed, scaled replicas of historic façade statues, enabling their incorporation into a bespoke bookcase.

The Challenge

A client approached Jose to create a one-of-a-kind bookcase that would include scaled replicas of the original façade statues adorning a historic building. The goal was not only to produce an aesthetically striking piece of furniture but also to accurately preserve and showcase these important cultural artefacts. 

Our team faced the challenge of capturing precise measurements and intricate details of the statues to ensure faithful replication.

The Solution

Our Technical Director, Jose, employed cutting-edge terrestrial photogrammetry techniques to scan the façade statues. Using a combination of high-resolution images, data, and photogrammetry software, he was able to generate a highly accurate 3D model of each statue. This digital preservation method ensured that the fine details and dimensions of the original artefacts were captured, making it possible to create accurate scaled replicas.

Photogrammetry is a technique used to obtain accurate and detailed measurements of physical objects and environments by analysing and processing photographic images. This non-contact, non-destructive method enables the generation of 3D models or maps based on the captured images. Applications for photogrammetry span various fields, including surveying, topography, architecture, archaeology, and cultural heritage preservation.

Once the 3D models were generated, they were converted into CNC (Computer Numerical Control) code to drive a 5-axis milling machine. This state-of-the-art equipment enabled precise carving of the statues from high-quality Spanish walnut, replicating the original artefacts’ intricate details and ensuring an authentic, scaled representation.

Spanish walnut – known as “Juglans Regia” – is an extraordinary value timber, of slow growth and well-known for its gorgeous waving grain and rich shades. This is a scarce wood that guarantees a unique piece of furniture.

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling is an advanced manufacturing process that uses computerised controls and machine tools to remove material from a workpiece and create a custom-designed part or object. The milling process involves the use of multi-axis machines, including 3-, 4-, and 5-axis mills, which provide a high degree of precision and versatility.

CNC work by Daniel Nieto – see

The Result

The scaled replicas of the façade statues were seamlessly integrated into the bespoke bookcase’s design, creating a unique and visually stunning piece that also serves as a testament to the power of photogrammetry in preserving cultural heritage. 

This project is just one example of how our company harnesses cutting-edge technology and expertise to provide innovative solutions for our clients.

Photogrammetry has proven to be an invaluable tool for a wide range of applications, from terrestrial preservation to underwater mapping and analysis. Accupixel remains committed to delivering state-of-the-art photogrammetry solutions, utilising advanced hardware and software to ensure data integrity, accuracy, and repeatability. 

As this case study demonstrates, the possibilities for creative, high-quality digital preservation and replication are vast, enabling us to meet the diverse needs of our clients and provide tailored solutions that exceed expectations.

CNC work by Daniel Nieto – see

Photogrammetry has emerged as a groundbreaking technology that holds immense potential for preserving and documenting our cultural and natural heritage. The successful completion of this project stands as a testament to the unparalleled precision and versatility offered by our photogrammetry services.

Accupixel, as a leading company in terrestrial and underwater photogrammetry, remains committed to harnessing cutting-edge technology and expertise to provide innovative solutions for our clients.

We invite you to explore the boundless possibilities offered by Accupixel’s state-of-the-art photogrammetry solutions. Whether your project involves cultural heritage preservation, architectural analysis, or underwater mapping, our team of experts is ready to collaborate and exceed your expectations. 

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