Historic Preservation Leveraging Imaging Technology
Preservationist are combining lidar, thermal and infrared to most effectively archive the past. Archivists will soon store reality models holding geometry, RGB, temperature and coordinate values to accurately summon previous lifecyle states. LiDAR is most commonly used for historic renovations for virtual design and construction coordination.
History is lost each day due to war, theft, careless development and neglect. Digitizing our past should be a priority in case we need it in the future. Furthermore; unless our past and present is digitized, automated building practices and artificial intellegence type algorithms will not work. Billions of objects in cultural institutions worldwide remain undigitized. Of the estimated 130 million books published in modernity, Google has scanned only about 25 million.
Our focus is on automation and commercial application, where a ton of data has to be collected, archived and analyzed. Architectural as-builts, industrial inspections, main street and mine scanning, bridge scanning, oil refineries, transmission towers, roofing – hard to reach areas, very difficult to reach. The surveys conducted with stringline measurements and single beam leasers take longer and are less detailed than lidar, infrared and thermal cameras.