Our team specializes in 3D scanning for large scale

Historic Preservation

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ToPa 3D supports Historic Preservation projects

in a variety of ways with our technology:
  • Producing accurate as-builts and digital replicas of complex and organic structures
  • Use of Remote Sensing technology such as scanners, drones, and infrared cameras for safely performing building surveys in hard-to-reach areas, eliminating the need for scissor lifts and ladders for visual inspection, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Organizing hundreds or thousands of photos of a space, place or subject through robust geo-location software solutions.
  • Advanced feasibility analysis for efflorescence detection, thermal emissivity readings and water detection, and structural integrity through precision geometric replication of the subject.
  • Showcasing historic properties with visualization technology in simple yet compelling ways to tell the story of architecture, monuments or artifacts, engaging the public for fundraising and other preservation efforts.

Our reality capture data provides historic preservationists, conservators, and special interest groups the ability to understand a space comprehensively with 3D visualizations and robust, measurable data that can be shared and analyzed with all project teams or stakeholders. All this can be accomplished without little or no investment in specialized hardware or software for the historic preservationist. Our team simplifies 3D technology, making it accessible to just about anyone.

 

Engage

We listen and take interest in your story of the historical preservation efforts you are embarking on.

Through this process of discovery, we flush out where we can help which often leads to a combination of supporting elements such as 3D analysis, marketing support through visualizations, integration into grant proposals to investors, and pulling resources together to accomplish your goals.

Adopt

ToPa 3D takes on your project as your ally in the historic preservation process, treating the project as carefully and thoughtfully as you would.

We believe that preserving the past will help to create a more meaningful future for generations to come. In that spirit, we bring all of our creativity and passion for what we do into your project to ensure the best possible outcome.

Preserve

Our specialty is the use of 3D reality capture data, yet the use of this technology goes far beyond that one might think.

Our team has had the privilege of successful National Historic Register submissions with our map data. We have reduced the historical building survey process from weeks/months to days/hours, saving thousands of hours in labor. All of this was done within the bounds and sensitivities of historic spaces to ensure that the work is completed with zero impact to the site.

Helping you

in feasibility, storytelling, and analysis
The ToPa 3D team engages with historic preservation groups to support the process of feasibility studies, telling the story of the historic subject in need of preservation, and analysis of the historical subject of interest
Case study

All Sorts of Rocks, Ripe for Archiving in 3D...

A few years ago, I was approached by Peggi Moretti of what was then, the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (now Restore Oregon). There was a little, somewhat quirky roadside attraction in desperate need for upkeep. Petersen Rock Garden. 

Borrowing a laser scanner from the company I was working for at the time, I assembled a crew to document this site with all the 3D tech and software I could find - it was really an opportunity to play with 3D scanning, modeling, feature extraction software, photogrammetry, and video production. 

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Case study

All Sorts of Rocks, Ripe for Archiving in 3D...

A few years ago, I was approached by Peggi Moretti of what was then, the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (now Restore Oregon). There was a little, somewhat quirky roadside attraction in desperate need for upkeep. Petersen Rock Garden. 

Borrowing a laser scanner from the company I was working for at the time, I assembled a crew to document this site with all the 3D tech and software I could find - it was really an opportunity to play with 3D scanning, modeling, feature extraction software, photogrammetry, and video production. 

Read the full case study

A sample of our work

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[ToPa 3D] is fantastic to work with, and brings amazing results to any project. I've experienced [their] knowledge and skill both in my classroom as a guest lecturer - teaching scanning applications to historic preservation students - and in the field working on historic buildings. It's a pleasure to then brainstorm new techniques and interpretations with [ToPa 3D] from the data [they've] acquired.
- Lauren Allsopp, Director, Community Development and Environmental Stewardship at Smart Pad Living LLC; Conservator - RMS Titanic
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[ToPa 3D] is fantastic to work with, and brings amazing results to any project. I've experienced [their] knowledge and skill both in my classroom as a guest lecturer - teaching scanning applications to historic preservation students - and in the field working on historic buildings. It's a pleasure to then brainstorm new techniques and interpretations with [ToPa 3D] from the data [they've] acquired.
- Lauren Allsopp, Director, Community Development and Environmental Stewardship at Smart Pad Living LLC; Conservator - RMS Titanic

Tools we use for Geospatial mapping

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Using 3D scans to verify

building integrity on Historic Structures

In this Ebook you will learn about how to identify integrity issues within buildings using 3D laser scanning.

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