OMS-Sanford: “Envisioning the Past, Innovating the Future” Technologies for Preserving Historic Places

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:30 p.m. EDT

Sanford, FL, United States

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OMS-Sanford: “Envisioning the Past, Innovating the Future” Technologies for Preserving Historic Places Ever-evolving technologies are being used in a myriad of ways, transforming the way we document the built environment. 3D Laser Scanning has become more affordable in recent years, leading to increased mainstream popularity. Property owners are using new technology to create three dimensional models that can be used to create scaled, as built drawings. Many municipalities are documenting entire downtowns using laser scanning technology, for use in future projects, ranging from major capital projects to historic preservation. The visual models that result from 3D laser scans can be used in every aspect of a project, while saving money and ensuring an accurate depiction of the property. The technology is useful for practitioners and property owners who need an accurate depiction of current conditions. Recently, the popularity of this technology has been used for disaster preparedness models, allowing for different scenarios to be envisioned. Morris (Marty) is Director of Historic Preservation and Associate Scholar at the University of Florida's College of Design, Construction and Planning where his research focuses on community engagement, 3D imaging technology, and preserving heritage sites of the recent past, particularly postwar modern architecture and resources. Mr. Hylton III will focus on the technology’s usefulness in local government planning, as well as for private property owners. Mr. Hylton III will focus on the case study of the laser scan project for downtown Nantucket, Massachusetts. Using new technology, the entire downtown has been documented and computer models and scaled drawings have been generated, which is being implemented in local and regional planning efforts. Planners will learn how to use new technology in their planning and urban design efforts. The 3D imaging can then be used as graphics in form-based codes and other urban design standards manuals.

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