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Could Lasers Be Used to Save the Earth’s Most Important Architecture and Monuments?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 11, 2014 01:08 AM
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by Beverley Mitchell last modified Oct 10, 2014


When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, Ben Kacyra and his wife Barbara were devastated. While they grieved the loss of a significant site of international cultural heritage, they also knew that they had developed the technology that could




 

 

CyArk, cultural preservation, CyArk 500 Challenge, cultural heritage, laser scanning, 3D modeling, architecture, heritage sites, sculpture, Ben Kacyra, laser, scanning world heritage sites, destruction, Syria, Taliban, digital preservation

When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, Ben Kacyra and his wife Barbara were devastated. While they grieved the loss of a significant site of international cultural heritage, they also knew that they had developed the technology that could have at least preserved a record of the sculptures. Kacyra is the founder of CyArk, and he developed a 3D laser scanning system that records architectural details of heritage sites and culturally significant buildings down to a few millimeters. CyArk is now a nonprofit, and after scanning 40 “Exemplar Projects,” including Mount Rushmore, Pompeii and Rapa Nui, they are calling for letters of interest from governments and the community to develop a list of 500 further sites worthy or in need of digital preservation.

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