Future proofing, recording and tagging historical buildings: A pilot study in Wales, UK

John Counsell*, John Littlewood, Yusuf Arayici, Andrew Hamilton, Yonghui Song, Andrew Dixey, Gerallt Nash, Andrew Richman, Kim Foster

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Abstract

This paper discusses the process adopted to use ground based laser scanning to record endangered heritage buildings before rescue and reconstruction elsewhere. It addresses a possible workflow based on new and emerging technologies for the recording necessary to rescue buildings in danger before later reconstruction, as part of a pilot project at St Fagans: National History Museum (NHM), near Cardiff, UK. It also discusses research currently undertaken for the Virtual Environmental Planning (VEPs) project focused not just on the heritage site, but on automatically capturing the wider setting for sites repeatedly to keep the setting recognisably up to date and enable analysis of change over The paper focuses on the value of a three-dimensional (3D) computer based record of a heritage site in producing an accurate visual representation of the analytical recording process and the subsequent decisions that affect the fabric of the building. Decisions on how and what to record will involve varying measures of subjective judgement of the relative values embodied in, or represented by, the building. In recent research it is becoming evident that some aspects of interpretation and significance of the component parts of the heritage site may be automatically assigned through pattern matching to potentially automatically acquired 3D data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2008 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2008 - Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Sep 20085 Sep 2008

Publication series

NameCOBRA 2008 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Conference

ConferenceConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2008
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period4/09/085/09/08

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