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.
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
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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