Newmarket, Victoria, February 6, 2020.
Photo credit: Mark Williams/The Wall Street Journal.
Macquay-Macquarie Racetrack is one of the largest racetracks in Australia and one of only two racetrack in the world to feature the iconic Macquary logo, the others being Adelaide Raceway and the Queensland Raceway.
In a bid to increase profitability and keep the track on track for the next 25 years, the Newmarket Racecourse will be turning to the latest in technology to extend the track’s history.
Macquay has purchased a new track-side laser scanner to digitize the original racecourse wall artwork to create a digital wall book.
“The laser scanning technology is the same as what’s used at the racetracking facilities in Perth and Adelaide,” said Mark Williams, managing director of Macquays trackside scanning facility.
“It’s a laser scanner that’s about a million times faster than a regular laser scanner.”
The scanner has been installed on the Macquaire trackside wall in an effort to keep the original artwork in tact.
Williams said the scanner would only be used for the duration of the next three years, however, it will be able to scan the wall for the rest of its life.
The new technology will be used to digitise the artwork and provide an archive of its history.
“The digital wall will then be able be accessible through the internet to the public for free,” Williams said.
While the technology is being used for this purpose, it does not mean the artwork will disappear.
In addition to the laser scanner, Macquaidys team will be using a laser cutter to scan a wall book using the scanner.
As the trackside scanner is a small device, it is also a very expensive one.
Williams said that they are also looking at other ways to improve the track.
“We’ve actually been working on an upgrade to the existing wall that’s going to be more efficient and more efficient,” he said.
Macquaidies laser scanner is about 3.5 meters tall, so it can be installed anywhere on the track, and has been equipped with a camera that can be mounted on the wall and tracked using a smartphone.
A similar system has been used by the Adelaide Racetracks.
The trackside laser scan is one way the Macqueens are trying to keep track of its past.
Earlier this year, Macqueen hosted the Australian Grand Prix at Macquai, and is also in talks with local authorities about a similar project.
With Macquadeys trackside scanners and laser scanners being used by racecourse staff and visitors, Williams said the track is now looking at the future of the Macaqueur.
It is unclear what future plans Macqualeurs plans for the Macdonalds trackside will be.
At this point, it appears Macquarrys track will not be able use its laser scanners, however Williams said that the track will be making the upgrade as soon as possible.