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Anthropology Faculty and Student Lead Workshop on 3D Laser Scanning

Ben Ford, Beverley Chiarulli, and Marion Smeltzer led a workshop on 3D laser scanning at the joint meeting of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage.

The day-long workshop introduced 21 participants to the basics of 3D laser scanning. This technique creates highly accurate representations of real-world objects. It is excellent for recording the interiors and exteriors of structures, as well as landscapes and statues. The digital models can be used to conduct spatial analyses, reconstruct lost components, and create virtual worlds.

IUP Anthropology acquired this instrument jointly with the History Department through a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant and has begun to record structures in western Pennsylvania. Recent projects include the recording of key structures at the Allegheny Portage Railroad and the landscape at Historic Hanna’s Town. Future projects will include recording and interpreting the Saltsburg Mill.

The joint meeting of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, called FORUM 2014, brought together historic preservationists from 48 states for a five-day conference (July 16–20, 2014). FORUM provides an opportunity for training and discussion to inform local and state preservation boards about best practice.

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