3D laser scanning built heritage: St Boniface's Church as a teaching experience

Devilat, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-2679-9629, 2019. 3D laser scanning built heritage: St Boniface's Church as a teaching experience. In: K. Greenop and C. Landorf, eds., Digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS. Brisbane: Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History, pp. 18-38. ISBN 9780646995724

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The use of new technologies to record existing architectures is increasing as they become cheaper and more accessible than ever before. Among them, 3D laser scanning (also known as LiDAR) is of particular relevance for surveying built heritage since it can provide full documentation of the reality in the form of a three-dimensional coloured point-cloud, measurable and with a precision of millimetres, in a short period of time. Although its use is not new, especially in the subject of cultural heritage, its inclusion in architectural education is recent. The quality and comprehensiveness of the data, from which architectural drawings are obtainable at any scale, among other products such as images, videos, and 3D printed models, challenges the traditional way of surveying buildings and can have further implications for architectural studies. This paper reflects on the first teaching experience of 3D laser scanning applied to built heritage at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, which challenged previous uses of this method by capturing a complete building and generating architectural products from it in a few classes. Using the case of St Boniface´s Church in London, the objective of this paper is to account for and reflect on the data obtainable in just one day of on-site 3D laser scanning capture. Framing these products within a brief revision of surveying methods of buildings over time, the paper establishes the importance of 3D laser scanning for recording built heritage. The workflow of on-site data collection, processing and model making in only a few sessions is presented as a way to speculate over new architectural possibilities when the reality is available as-built with accuracy. Approaching an era where almost everything can be captured digitally might have implications for the way the physicality of historic buildings is perceived and preservedess.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at the Digital Cultural Heritage: FUTURE VISIONS London Symposium, London, 13-15 November 2017.
Creators: Devilat, B.
Publisher: Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
Place of Publication: Brisbane
Date: 1 April 2019
ISBN: 9780646995724
Rights: Copyright for the proceedings belongs to the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History at The University of Queensland. Copyright for the abstracts and papers contained in these proceedings remains the property of the authors. Copyright of images in these proceedings belongs to the authors, or the images appear with permissions granted to those authors. Individual authors were responsible for obtaining the appropriate permission to reproduce any or all images published in the proceedings. The editors and the publisher accept no responsibility if any author has not obtained the appropriate permissions. Other than fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part of these proceedings may be reproduced by any process without prior permission from the publishers and authors.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Oct 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 09:35
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URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41331

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