|The scanner compiles its data into a visual image.|
There's some pretty high-tech stuff going on at the Idaho State University. The London Tracks, which is considered by some, to be "the most significant finding in the last 40 years" is now being analyzed and visualized into 3D models.
Cliff Barackman wrote the following on his blog:
After a long drive, Craig and I arrived on the campus of Idaho State University and met up with Dr. Meldrum. He led us to the IVL where the staff manning the computers started the long process of scanning the individual casts. Each cast took between eight and thirty minutes to scan, render, and process with the scanning software. Several casts had to wait until the next morning to be scanned because of the lengthy process.
"One of the London tracks in the rotating vice. This spins 360 degrees so the scanner can capture data from all angles. The cast would be later placed in the vice vertically to complete the imaging." - Cliff Barackman
"Robert Schlader, assistant director of the IVL, combines various scans into one image." - Cliff Barackman