Terrestrial laser scanning for heritage conservation: the Cologne Cathedral documentation project

D. Pritchard, J. Sperner, S. Hoepner, R. Tenschert
2017 ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences  
Contemporary terrestrial laser scanners and photogrammetric imaging systems are an invaluable tool in providing objectively precise, as-built records of existing architectural, engineering and industrial sites. The comprehensive three-dimensional (3D) recording of culturally important sites such as heritage buildings, monuments, and sites can serve a variety of invaluable purposes; the data can assist in the conservation, management, and repair of a structure, as well as provide a visually
more » ... ide a visually engaging educational resource for both the public and scholars. The acquired data acts as a form of digital preservation, a timeless virtual representation of the as-built structure. The technical capability of these systems is particularly suited for the documentation of a richly articulated and detailed building such as the high Gothic Cologne Cathedral.<br><br> The 3D documentation of the Cologne Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site is a multiphase project developed by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in partnership with the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, and the Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln Dombauhütte. The project has also received generous support from Zoller + Fröhlich (Z+F) and the City of Cologne.
doi:10.5194/isprs-annals-iv-2-w2-213-2017 fatcat:2h2j5gvhvrgrtfcdh35h72xzui