New in 3D Laser Scanning Services: National Trust Launches Resilient Heritage Research Program

Climate Change at the Center of the Research

Across the Gulf and Caribbean region, global climate change has continued to threaten historical and coastal communities for many years. A goal of the research program, led by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago (NTTT), is to find a method for addressing and accurately assessing the continued risk climate change has on these historic lands. 

Along with a grant of approximately $200,000 from the United States Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the goal is projected to be reached by the end of 2023. 

How 3D Laser Scanning Services Are Aiding Researchers

Using 3D laser scanning services, researchers, archaeologist, and other program members have begun to create a 3D map of the terrain and topography of the pilot areas in Trinidad. The 3D scanning also allows the mapping and modeling of heritage site landscapes and any historical structures as well.

3D scanners can also be used for scheduled or recurring modeling of structure and landscape to understand better the impacts of global climate change and rising sea waters on this region’s communities and nations. 

While 3D scanning services and modeling will not curb or reverse climate change, 3D scanning helps to preserve the legacy and memory of the terrain and historical structures that continue to be threatened by climate change and rising sea levels. Without this, these historical sites may largely become forgotten soon. 

The goals and purposes of the Trust have been recognized and supported by all levels of the Trinidad government and members of the public. 

The grant awarded by the US State Department included training for members of the NTTT on the uses, benefits, and software/hardware applicable to 3D laser scans and how 3D scanners can easily be used to help preserve the heritage of their culture. 

The Resilient Heritage of Trinidad and Tobago and the NTTT hope this initial use of 3D scanning technology on Trinidad and Tobago will spread throughout the Caribbean region. However, researchers believe they have not yet realized the limit of what 3D scanners and modeling can do to preserve the region’s history.

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