Historic Buildings Saved with 3D Scanning
A safer and more effective method
As our world becomes more populated and evolved, we affect our planet in sometimes unknowing ways. The amount of people in our world directly impacts global warming, which also leads to the rise of the sea. Why is this a problem? Our historical buildings and sites near coastal areas are at risk.
Researchers working near Nantucket and Florida have now adopted 3D laser scanning to predict which historical sites are at risk. This latest technology helps prioritize which sections are the most at risk and which ones need the most help to be saved.
Floods or rising sea levels are two things that cannot be directly controlled, but something our world indirectly impacts. 3D laser scanning can not only create awareness by creating public digital records but help predict how much the sea will rise, causing destruction.
National Trust of TT has partnered with NOAA, also known as National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Their goal is to create predictions of how much the sea will rise over the next few decades. Researchers can use 3D laser scanning to simulate projections of the sea level.
What is 3D laser scanning
3D laser scanning is the act of using a device that can take thousands of pictures of a scene per second. It collects information that can be stored in the cloud forever. The technology can collect data like texture, colors, microscopic details like scratches or surfaces, as well as dimensions and sizes.
After the information is collected, it can then be transferred to a partnering system where it can be studied. Or it can be sent across the world, made into a model, or developed into virtual reality. 3D laser scanning is so versatile it has entered many different fields.
Why are they using it to study sea levels
This technology not only allows researchers to keep accurate records of sea levels, but it will enable them to view the research year after year. This will enable them to be extremely precise with predictions of exactly which historical sites are most at risk.
Not only that, but it creates very detailed records of the historical sites, so not only can they see the sea level, but they can preserve the sites. This creates a 3D digital model they can use in case anything happens to the sites. The information can be free to the public, unlike other older ways of collecting data.
3D laser scanning is also much faster than sending a human into a house and making a model through human interacting. A person could take weeks, if not months, to create a model and gather the right details to make a model. This technology can collect every aspect in under two hours.
It is incredibly important for consumers to be aware of the impact we have on the environment, and how it can impact our historic sites. More and more researchers are adopting this technology to preserve history because it is one of the most accurate ways to save every piece of information they can find.
As technology becomes more evolved, it will enter new fields, and create a new standard of living. It will help shine the importance of saving our history for future generations. 3D laser scanning will help us practice being sustainable through technology, which will help our planet in the future and protect history.