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Preserving World Heritage Sites In 3D

October 23, 2013

The latest in 3D scanning technology is helping to preserve important heritage sites around the world. It’s like the Cloud for history. Nonprofit group CyArk has already created versions of over 100 ancient structures, ruins, and landscapes with plans for 400 more to preserve a version of them in case of “war, wear, and climate change impact.” They say there’s never going to be enough time or money to physically save these structures but they’re doing the next best thing using laser-scanning and other reality-capture technology to build nearly-accurate virtual models of these locations that can be appreciated and studied for years to come. The destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by terrorists inspired their work, which they claim is “not an option, it’s a responsibility.”

[ Read the Article: CyArk Looks To Digitally Preserve World Heritage Sites ]