The application of cloud-based photogrammetry in the study of the built heritage.
Laing, Richard Alexander
Scott, Jonathan R.
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LAING, R., SCOTT, J. and HOGG, G., 2014. The application of cloud-based photogrammetry in the study of the built heritage. In: T. KOUIDER, ed. Architectural Technology, Towards Innovative Professional Practice : Conference Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of Architectural Technology, Aberdeen 2014 (ICAT2014) 7 November 2014. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. Pp. 242-252.
This paper considers the use of cloud-based photogrammetry to collect and process 3D information pertaining to the built heritage. Although modern surveying technologies such as laser scanning are available, their application may be prohibited by cost and the need for specialist knowledge in all but the largest projects. An argument in this paper is for a wider understanding of a holistic approach to the development of better documentation techniques to study historic buildings of variable size and form. The research utilised cloud-based photogrammetry to record and present aspects of the built heritage (examples from vernacular architecture in a rural setting), and suggests a suitable workflow to assist in the collection of heritage case studies. Recording the intact built heritage in this way provides a rich data set, and one which can be readily incorporated within mainstream architectural and information modelling packages. The paper concludes with a critical discussion of the issues inherent in the method, including those of accuracy, storage and application within established CAD packages.