New Zealand's WWI tunnels in France uncovered by using laser scanning technology

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The history of New Zealand's World War One underground tunnels in France has been uncovered by a group from Otago University, using laser scanning technology. 

The tunnels are a part of New Zealand's WWI history which has long been hidden underground.
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In 1916, the New Zealand tunnelling company extended quarries below the town out to the German front line from where the allies launched a surprise attack. 

Richard Hemi from Otago University came up with the idea to capture the subterranean world using a laser that shoots points and measures where everything is, creating a 3D model video.

"As I looked into this story, I was surprised at how little people knew about Arras and these tunnels and to it was somewhat an untold story," he told 1 NEWS. 

"We do a scan that's maybe five to six minutes long and just scans everything in a 360 circle we then put the camera on which takes a panorama and puts colour of texture to the point cloud."

For nine weeks, the team worked underground alongside French students and lecturers to ensure the tunnellers legacy would be preserved. 

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