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Digital Conservation Recording Scotland

3D Visual Documentation, Scotland, Europe

22 Apr 2009

Digital Conservation Recording


Groundbreaking 3D visual documentation of Scottish historical landmarks including Rosslyn Chapel and Stirling Castle was unveiled today (Wednesday, 22nd April) by Culture Minister Michael Russell MSP at the 2009 Digital Documentation Conference.

Scotland Street School digital record:
Scotland Street School

The cutting edge laser technology can survey and interpret heritage structures in 3D and provides – for the first time – a lasting, digital record of the country’s most important buildings. It also offers a new method for researching and conserving Scotland’s built environment.

Culture Minister Michael Russell MSP:
Scottish Conservation Recording - 3D Visual Documentation Culture Minister Michael Russell MSP

Michael Russell MSP Michael Russell
photos : McAteer Photograph

Speaking at the opening of the Glasgow conference, organised by Glasgow School of Art and Historic Scotland, Culture Minister said: “Today we have witnessed a great achievement where the digital world meets the historical. Scotland is hosting a world-wide event which brings to the fore a unique method of digitally visualising and understanding historic landmarks.
“The projects on show are world class and are testament to great innovation and technical expertise. It is a celebration of what the industry has achieved. And is a chance for Scotland to share – and influence – heritage documentation in the years ahead.

“This event offers people the chance to see iconic sites such as Stirling Castle and Rosslyn Chapel like never before. It also offers great potential for tourism, education, gaming technology and survey sectors. It is unique and demonstrates the quality of research and technical expertise at Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art.”

Douglas Pritchard, Head of Visualisation, Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art and Chairman of the event, said: “This is an exceptionally unique event. Rarely do you have so many world-leading experts in heritage documentation at one place. This is a first for Scotland, perhaps even Europe. Anyone involved in the heritage or built environment sectors will find the conference both engaging and informative. All of the presentations utilise leading-edge technology that will become the standard in the years to come.”

Speakers at the 2009 Digital Documentation Conference – held at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow’s Merchant City on 22 and 23 April – include Gustavo Araoz, the President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Ben Kacyra of the CyArk Foundation who created the first viable laser scanner and has become known as the ‘John Logie Baird’ of digital documentation

Digital Conservation Recording Scotland images / information from the Scottish Government

Location: Scotland

Architecture in Scotland

Scottish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Historic Scottish House

Scottish Castles

Scottish Church Conservation

Scottish Church Lottery Funding 2008

Scottish Architecture

Scottish Architect Studios

Scottish Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in Scotland – architectural selection below:

Paisley Museum Building News, western Scotland
Design: AL_A
Paisley Museum Renewal, Scotland
image courtesy of architects office
Paisley Museum Renewal

Abbotsford House Visitor Centre, Melrose, southern Scotland
Design: LDN Architects
Abbotsford Conservation & Visitors Building
photograph © Paul Zanre
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre

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