Media

Those who do not want to
imitate anything,
produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

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Texas DOT plane view of the Cistern area, 1943

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Texas DOT plane view of the Cistern 1961

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Texas DOT plane view of the Cistern/I-45 area, 1964

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Texas DOT plane view of the Cistern area, 1943

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Texas DOT plane view of the Cistern area, 1961

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Google Earth image of the Cistern area from 2001.

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Google Earth image of the Cistern area from 2006.

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Google Earth image of the Cistern area from 2012

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A group shot discussing laser scanner positioning.

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Personnel meeting to discuss safety at the Cistern.

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5 minute movie fly through of the Buffalo Bayou Park & Cistern

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Front of laser scanning target inside the Cistern.

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David Sauceda working with the Leica HDS 6200 in the Cistern.

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Personnel lowering equipment down into the Cistern.

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Crane being setup to lower heavy equipment down into the Cistern

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Douglas Smith (left) and David Sauceda (right) working with the laser scanner.

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A shot of the back of a laser scanning target.

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Point cloud showing the Cistern, the skate park and surrounding areas

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Leica ScanStation C10 scanning the top of the Cistern

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A point cloud showing the Cistern & support buildings

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An HDR shot of the columns of the Cistern

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An HDR shot of the columns of the Cistern

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A shot from atop the Cistern looking downtown.

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A shot from atop the Cistern looking down at the skate park.

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A shot of the columns in the Cistern

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Leica HDS 6200 scanning the inside of the Cistern

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Laser scan point cloud showing an inside corner of the point cloud

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I am just not normal.
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Legal
Disclaimer

Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and SmartGeometrics (SGM) have been
overwhelmed by the level of interest in Buffalo Bayou Park’s cistern. Because of this interest we are sharing via this
webpage SGM's incredible data files. As you consider
the possibilities for the cistern’s spectacular interior, please be aware that BBP is doing the same. Over the course of the remainder of 2013,

BBP will be investigating general options for improvements, programming and use of the cistern’s interior along with the funding required to implement general concepts. If you have an idea, please share it, but be aware that BBP cannot commit to implementing any of the ideas that are shared with BBP and SGM.

In the meantime, BBP is proceeding with overall improvements to Buffalo Bayou Park, which it must complete by spring 2015 due to important contract deadlines. These improvements include the parkland around the cistern but not its interior. Improvements to the cistern interior were not part of the contracted and funded scope of park work so it is on a different schedule that most likely will extend beyond the spring 2015 deadline. In honor of the cistern’s historic importance, this area of the park is being referred to as “The Water Works,” a name that may change if a donor steps forward to fund improvements to this area of the park or the cistern’s interior. You can learn more information about Buffalo Bayou Park and The Water Works at

www.buffalobayoupark.org.

A true artist
is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
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The
Downloads

Download the data here.
Select the program you'll use
to view & edit the data.
Use the FAQ if you have questions.

Autodesk AutoCAD & Revit current versions have support for importing 3d point clouds (PTS files) directly. We also have created SketchUp line drawings which were exported as DWG that can also be imported to AutoCAD. The PTS file has been compressed 70% into a 6GB file.

Download the PTS file here.

Leica Cyclone version 8 is the software we use to view, edit, and analyze the 3d point cloud data the most. Due to the size of this file, we had to use WinRAR to compress and segmentthe large Cistern data into smaller chunks.

Download the Leica Cyclone 8 Cistern Data, and Cyclone
version 8.0.3, the latest 32 bit and 64 bit version of WinRAR here.

Adobe Acrobat (or any other current pdf viewer) can view (but not edit) a 6 page summary of the Cistern, and thesurrounding park. These are the smallest, and easiest files to download and see the data quickly.

Download the Cistern PDFs here.

SketchUp is a FREE 3d modeling tool that makes viewing, editing, and creating 3d models very easy. With a large volume of tutorial videos on YouTube, this is the best tool for the non-professional people who are interested in seeing, and manipulating the data surrounding the park. These are the smallest, and easiest files to download and see the data quickly.

Download the Cistern Sketchup files here.

Intelligence without ambition
is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

Questions?
FAQ

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FAQs

The Buffalo Bayou Park's Cistern is something we want to share with everyone

Can I go inside the Cistern now?
No. The data & media provided here is intended to alleviate the need for Cistern access. You can visit the area surrounding the Cistern, and experience the Buffalo Bayou Park, and the downtown views.
I downloaded the data, and came up with a proposal on how to use the space, how do I proceed?
After you've read the Disclaimer above, shoot us an email using the contact form below.
Can I talk to someone on the phone about the Cistern?
We're all eager to talk about the Cistern, but at this point, email is the best way to communicate about the Cistern.
Can I edit the data I download from this site?
Yes. The intention for this site, & data provided herein, is to allow everyone the chance to experience the Cistern, and possibly come up with a stellar idea which can be used by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Can I upload the Cistern data that I've worked on?
Not yet. We are not yet ready to review any ideas or creations yet. If you have something, use the contact form below and let us know!
Can I be notified of updates to this site?
The best way to keep up with additions on this site, is to join the Buffalo Bayou Partnership's mailing list by clicking here.
Can you export your point cloud data into another format for my software?
Yes, with the caveat that this may not happen immediately, but we are eager to make this data accessible to everyone.
What is the background pictures above and below the Contact section?
"Goo." -Douglas Smith, Vice President of SmartGeoMetrics. More specifically, this is sediment which collected at the bottom of the Cistern, and almost completely separated from the water above. The ploom of iron-colored dust in the pictures, was the result of the ground being disturbed from walking in the Cistern, which shot out that ploom of "goo" and the picture was captured. Douglas Smith created some art with some "goo" he harvested from the Cistern last year, and we hope to include those pictures in the media section in the near future.

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There is no possibility of cheating:
It is either good or bad.
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