May 28, 2022

Digital Preservation: CyArk and DJS Will Begin Laser Scanning Lincoln Memorial Next Week

From the Washington Business Journal:

DJS Associates, based in Abington, Pa., plans to take a series of definition laser scans of the Lincoln Memorial starting on Dec. 9 to create a 3-D model that can be used to assess its physical condition and restore it in the event of man-made or natural disasters.


DJS is donating its services in collaboration with an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit called CyArk, which will use the data DJS collects and process it further to create a 3-D image. It will share that information with the National Park Service, which can use the model for reference and make it available to the public. CyArk has committed to digitally preserving 500 cultural heritage sites over the next five years, including a scan of Mount Rushmore, which it has already completed.


[DJS President Steve] Schorr said two scanners, working with a crew of four, will spend at least three full days taking scans of the memorial from every vantage point to collect the data it needs. Crews from the park service will help with crowd control and provide aerial lifts to help DJS workers capture as much of the memorial as possible

Read the Complete Washington Business Journal Article

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