This presentation is part of the 2017 3D Digital Documentation Summit.

3D Digital Documentation; From a field of specialization to an interdisciplinary point of interaction

In the last 15 years huge advancement in the use and availability of 3D documentation technology has taken place. From a very bulky scanner to a variety of ways in which the 3D data being captured have now been explored and continue to evolve the technology in the field further. While the technology has evolved on the hardware and software advancement, the method by which it becomes more available to various parties involved in conservation of the site is still evolving at a snail’s pace. This paper concentrates on how 3D technology which was once the field of a specialized few, is now evolving into a very user friendly technique of working on the site. Also with it through the projects of the DHARMA (Digital Documentation of Architectural Research and Material Analysis) team have led to new means and methods by which the gap between output of 3D results to utilization for end user are being reduced with each project.

With projects like the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy, the Taj Mahal, Agra, India and the Belvedere at the Vatican, the paper will present the interdisciplinary approaches taken to merge the results of 3D documentation to create comprehensive end products that are directly useable by the end user for protection, conservation or restoration of the site.

With interdisciplinary teams from architecture, computer science, archeology etc, the output is custom tailored for the specific users working on the project. The scale of the project goes from microscopic to macroscopic allowing for a variety of data to be collected and comprehensively combined.

The paper ends with issues that are still open in the field and are being worked on as a part of the evolution of the overall approach in 3D documentation of heritage sites.

Speaker Bio

Krupali Krusche is a preservation and architecture faculty member at the University of Notre Dame. She started the Preservation concentration at the school in 2007. As the head of the DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis) research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites, she has studied and documented key monuments including the tombs and gardens along the Yamuna River in India, the Roman Forum in Italy and recently the Belvedere complex at Vatican. She has numerous articles published and under publication based on these subjects. Two international exhibitions are planned for these projects, one of which was planned to be the first 3D exhibit on historic preservation in the Roman Forum from April to Oct 2014. In Nov 2012, her first co-authored book, “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple, Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India,” was released which is based on documentation and proportional studies of Hindu Temple in India. She also has contributed chapters to books like, “The Venice Charter Revisited,” and “Durability in Construction,” etc.

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