New Technology, Old Spaces: Reality Capture and Historic Preservation

In the past, being able to accurately capture existing historical site information was challenging. Today though, new technologies are allowing for easy data collection through photogrammetry, point cloud data, and 3D modeling. In this presentation we will go over what Reality Capture is, and how we can easily acquire and work with data to create models that reflect real-life conditions. We’ll review several reality capture techniques and tools (some are even free!). We will focus on best practices for historical preservation purposes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn what reality capture is and how it can be applied to preservation
  2. Hear about different techniques and tools for reality capture
  3. Understand what point cloud data is and how to use it when creating 3D models of Historical Sites
  4. Learn tips and tricks for capturing your site and learn what to do with the data after you have acquired it


Peter MarchesePeter Marchese, Senior Consultant - Architecture, Microdesk, Philadelphia, PA. Peter is a Senior Consultant at Microdesk, who specializes in assisting design organizations with integrating Building Information Modeling into design processes and exploring innovative uses of nontraditional technologies. He works with national architecture firms to provide on-site assistance and strategic consultation, as well as custom training, content creation, and creating standards and workflows. He has expert knowledge of BIM tools such as Revit Architecture, BIM 360 Field and Glue, AutoCAD Architecture, Ecotect, Green Building Studio, Google SketchUp and e-SPECS. Prior to joining Microdesk, Peter worked at design firms working on residential, institutional, liturgical and commercial projects. He has managed projects throughout all phases including construction documentation, performing field surveys, code and product research, working on specifications, and presenting to approval boards. Finished projects include several laboratory/research buildings, residences, libraries, movie theaters, and a new processing and distribution center for the US Postal Service. Peter has presented at numerous conferences and events, including BIMForum, the Revit Technology Conference, AUGI, BuildingCHICAGO, Greenbuild, and Autodesk University. He is also a frequent blogger and can be followed on Twitter @Peter_Marchese. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.