Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
World Wide Web
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Group Creates 3D Digital Models of Historical Sites
Group Creates 3D Digital Models of Historical Sites

By Barry Levine
October 21, 2013 10:50AM

    Bookmark and Share
Preserving historical landmarks digitally using 3D scanners is tremendous for people who want to experience these sites but who could not do so otherwise. Making sure that the Roman Coliseum can always be rebuilt, provides a certain assurance for the culture, said Brad Shimmin, an analyst with research firm Current Analysis.
 



Google is looking to create digital backups of every book on the planet, so why not create digital backups of the real world? That’s exactly what a non-profit organization in doing, using laser scanners to develop minutely-detailed 3D models of historical sites.

On Monday, CyArk conducted a press conference in the Tower of London to present its project, aimed at digitally preserving 500 heritage sites within five years. About a hundred have already been captured, and a fund has been launched to back the project. Nearly three dozen countries sent representatives to the press event, including ambassadors, government officials, and corporate executives.

Over 100 Models

The company has already created over 100 3D models of various statues, Mount Rushmore, Texas-based Spanish missions, Tudor Place, the home of George Washington’s family, and Roman ruins. In the CyArk 500 Challenge, sites can be nominated for digital preservation by individuals and governments through the organization’s Web site, and an international advisory council of experts in historical heritage will make the final decisions.

The next round of sites to be captured include Pompeii, Babylon, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Titanic, the Sydney Opera House, and the Tower of London.

CyArk co-founder Ben Kacyra said in a statement that the organization’s mission is “to create a 3D-digital library of the world’s most important heritage sites.” He added that digital preservation “will ensure that these treasures are available for appreciation and study for years to come.” The organization’s executive director said that the overall goal is nothing less than building “the Alexandria Library of 3D-heritage data.”

If a civilization cannot physically save something, said his wife and co-founder Barbara Kacyra, “your next best thing is to digitally preserve it.”

Destruction All the Time

The technology used, including 3D-laser scanning, radar and related technologies for capturing reality, allows the sites to be rendered within 2-6mm, resulting in as much as 10 terabytes of data for every project. The data is stored in information storage vendor and CyArk backer Iron Mountain’s bunker in western Pennsylania. Even if the sites are maintained, CyArk sees its digital models as helping conservators to manage and preserve a given location. As an example, a tomb complex in Uganda was restored following a fire because of CyArk’s 3D-digital model.

CyArk was started, the founders said, as a reaction to the Taliban’s destruction of the Afghan Buddha statues in 2001. A senior preservationist with CyArk, Gustavo Araoz, told news media that similar kinds of historical destruction are happening all the time, but less visibly and at a much slower pace.

Brad Shimmin, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, told us that this kind of effort can be “tremendous for people who want to experience” these sites but who could not do so otherwise. Making sure that the Roman Coliseum can always be rebuilt, he said, provides a certain assurance for the culture.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 World Wide Web
1.   Tor Internet Privacy Service Breached
2.   Facebook To Force Use of Messenger
3.   OkCupid Experiments with Daters
4.   Zillow-Trulia: Digital Ad Juggernaut
5.   Zillow Buys Trulia for $3.5 Billion


advertisement
OkCupid Experiments with Daters
Unethical without user consent?
Average Rating:
Radical.FM's Freemium Biz Model
Online radio startup asks for donations.
Average Rating:
Facebook Social Experiment Irks Us
Secretive test was legal, but ethical?
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.