22.8 Transforming heritage visualization through data integration

In this session, Dr. Stuart Jefferies from GSA’s Digital Design Studio spoke of integrating 3-D visualizations of the built heritage with rich datasets for various activities and audiences. He spoke of digital documentation of heritage and its uses, archival cross search using record metadata, information rich models e.g. BIM, heterogeneous datasets and mixed audiences, multi-modal 3D interfaces and co-production of narratives from archives.

A compelling and relevant example was highlighted in the activity of Documenting the Mackintosh Library, which, in effect, saved the building.  Because they were able to gain clearance to scan the building the day after the fire, a comparison could be made to a ten year old scan, to prove the gable end at the west was stable i.e. not damaged by the fire.  Had this not been able to be proven, the Fire Department would surely have demolished the entire building. The data sets of the structure -3D visualisations of the Mackintosh building will form the basis of a BIM (Building Information Model) which will document every stage of the restoration and have a powerful effect on how to go about the restoration.

Review by Merilee Mackinnon,
British Columbia Institute of Technology Library



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