Documentation using 3D recording
3D digital models of a Norman doorway at Prestbury Parochial Church (left) and the base of a stone cross (right)
A 3D digital model provides a highly accurate record of an artefact at the time that laser scanning was carried out. This record can be simply archived away and accessed when necessary.
It can be used as a means of characterizing changes to the surface of an artifact as a result of weathering, exposure to a polluted environment, accidents or vandalism. The digital record also provides an insurance policy in case the artefact is stolen or destroyed, as it can be used to create a very accurate replica of the original piece.
Recent research into documentation
Conservation Technologies was commissioned by English Heritage to carry out research investigating the feasibility of laser scanning for documenting an intricately carved gilded 18th-century table at Chiswick House, London. The findings have just been published as part of the English Heritage research department report series and can be downloaded here.
If you can't download the pdf you can email the conservation technologies department to request a paper copy.
For further information contact Dr Martin Cooper or email the conservation technologies department.