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Case Studies

SurfDev - 3D scanning Ben Ainslie's Yacht


"Rita" is the iconic Finn class dinghy used by Ben Ainslie in winning gold medals at Athens, Beijing and London Olympics.

We have been asked to support the development and manufacture of a new Finn class dinghy by using Rita as a benchmark for future design work.

Equipment used

GOM Atos 5Mp blue light scanner.

GOM Tritop Photgrammetry

GOM professional software.


This project called on all our experience in both 3D scanning and high quality design work. 

We initially started by fully 3D scanning the hull of Rita at the maritime Museum in Falmouth where it is permanently housed as an exhibit. Using GOM Tritop Photgrammetry in combination with our GOM Atos blue light optical scanner we fully captured all the form and detail of the hull. 



The deliverable from the scanning process was a highly accurate mesh of the boats hull that could be used during the subsequent design stage. 

The client was very impressed with the accuracy and quality of the scan data. 

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