Scanning ancient building components


Herdt, G. and Wilson Jones, M., 2008. Scanning ancient building components. Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation (PFG), 4, pp. 245-251.

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The wish to use new technology as it becomes available is normal. The changes that flow as a result are mostly, but not all, for the better; negative consequences run parallel to positive ones, and it is so with the use of laser scanning for surveying. Here we report and comment on a research project at the University of Bath which involves the 3-D scanning of ten Ionic capitals belonging to the archaic Greek period. The scans obtained represent a digital means of recording these objects in their present state, while also providing the basis for creating 3-dimensional virtual reconstructions of them in their original state. The disadvantages and advantages became obvious during the course of the project, as the point-cloud obtained cannot replace all of the traditional virtues of observation, of hand-drawing and of graphic representation (plan, section, elevation). But if the two different techniques are combined together, fascinating results can be achieved.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsHerdt, G.and Wilson Jones, M.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
ID Code12327


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