Visualisation and Simulation Studio

This multi-purpose space facilitates training, research and academic practice related to object digitisation, through the use of laser scanners and close range photogrammetry.

The Smart Zone hosts a range of laser and structured light scanners. These enable students to create digital reconstructions of objects as small as a breadcrumb, to entire buildings. While dedicated instructional sessions for each of these scanners and the related software can be booked, our Technical Specialists are likewise available to perform scans for those purely interested in collecting data.

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The Visualisation and Simulation Studio is an open plan space, exclusively available for object digitisation. Whether performed with any of our scanners or through the use of close range photogrammetry, the studio has been purpose built to provide ample space, privacy and flexibility to both students and researchers.


Laser scan of a dinosaur model.

Laser scanning a cardigan, demonstrating the power of the HandyScan Black Elite.

Digitisation of a cardigan for use in 3D printing.

Students get first hand experience with the HandyScan Black Elite.

The HandySCAN Black Elite

A subject that has been prepared for scanning

Scanning in progress

The raw data of a completed scan


Photo of Visualisation and Simulation Studio


Opening Times

Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm, subject to training.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021