Brendan Harmon

Shifting Datum

Visualizations of sea level rise and flooding in New Orleans


Shifting Datum is a series of works visualizing sea level rise projections and flood simulations for New Orleans. The 3D printed models of the city were modeled in GRASS GIS and Rhino from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2012 Lidar Survey of New Orleans. Exhibited at the Baton Rouge Gallery in May 2019.

Sketchfab Repository: Hexagonal model tiles for 3D printing New Orleans. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0.

GitHub Repository: Python scripts processing the New Orleans lidar survey data in GRASS GIS. Licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2.


Shifting Datum I

Team: Hye Yeon Nam & Brendan Harmon

Media: 3D printed plaster, laser, linear actuator, & Arduino microcontroller

Data: 2012 USACE HSDRRS Lidar: New Orleans

Date: 05.01.2019


Shifting Datum II

Team: Hye Yeon Nam & Brendan Harmon

Media: 3D printed resin, acrylic, computer, & projector

Data: 2012 USACE HSDRRS Lidar: New Orleans

Date: 05.01.2019

Shifting Datum II with animation of flood simulation


Shifting Datum III

Team: Hye Yeon Nam & Brendan Harmon

Media: 3D printed resin & cast epoxy

Data: 2012 USACE HSDRRS Lidar: New Orleans

Date: 05.01.2019

Shifting Datum III

Shifting Datum III Panorama