Huayna Picchu Survey with the Optech ILRIS-3D

Creator(s): Angie Payne

Year: 2005


Huayna Picchu is a large mountain that rises over Machu Picchu, on the north side of the site. The mountain's summit is terraced, and supports several structures.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas conducted high density surveys of Huayna Picchu in 2005. CAST researchers completed two long range scans of the mountain top and its ruins from a single vantage point. The original scan files and a merged point cloud data set are provided here.

Visit YouTube to view a fly-through of the 3D scan of Huayna Picchu:

Cite this Record

Huayna Picchu Survey with the Optech ILRIS-3D. Angie Payne. Fayetteville, AR: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. 2005 ( tDAR id: 391547) ; doi:10.6067/XCV88P61DJ


Object #:

Survey Date (start):

Jul 8, 2005

Survey Date (end):

Jul 8, 2005


Scans were acquired at dusk/night to avoid having people in the resulting dataset

Scanner Details:

Optech ILRIS-3D, Serial No: 10162, meters

Company Name:

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies

Turntable Used:


RGB Data Capture Information:

NA. Color information was not acquired for the scans however intensity data is automatically acquired with the ILRIS 3D.

Data Resolution:


Number of Scans:


Control Data Filename:


Planimetric Map Filename:


Description of Final Datasets for Archive:

Original scans (unedited, prior to registration) in e57 format, transformation matrices for each scan, Registered point cloud in ASCII

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1400 to 1500 (Period of Occupation)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -72.641; min lat: -13.334 ; max long: -72.331; max lat: -13.07 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Angie Payne

Principal Investigator(s): Fredrick Limp

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
MP2005_huayna_picchu.JPG 1.42mb Jul 8, 2005 Oct 1, 2013 1:27:56 PM Public
View of Optech ILRIS 3D during scanning of structures atop Huayna Picchu
MP2005_scanning_huayna_picchu.JPG 1,018.38kb Jul 8, 2005 Oct 1, 2013 1:28:01 PM Public
View of the structures on top of Huayna Picchu
hauyna_pic.jpg 170.73kb Oct 10, 2013 8:17:07 AM Public
Huayna Picchu scan dataset showing intensity values 270.37mb Aug 6, 2014 7:45:20 AM Public