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The world of historical preservation and documenting heritage architecture has been reshaped with the mainstream use of 3d laser scanning. This fact has been showcased in the recent series Time Scanners which is currently airing on NatGeo in the UK. There are also organizations such as CyArk whose primary purpose is to document sites with historical significance, mainly through the use of 3d laser scanning.


  • Highly accurate as-built documentation of historical structures and buildings
  • Modeling of new work based on heritage architecture
  • Structural integrity monitoring
  • Archaeological topography
  • Protection against complete loss through natural disaster, human conflict, and deterioration


  • Reduction of time in field
  • Reduced cost of capturing and documenting data
  • Increased safety
  • No contact with artifacts

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