National Mall Employs High Tech Surveying for 21st-Century Preservation

National Mall Employs High Tech Surveying

Global NGO, CyArk, is providing preservation data captured in 2013 to guide efforts of National Park Service and private partner

Washington, Oakland, May 5, 2016—3D data captured in 2013 has found a new application as the National Park Service prepares the Lincoln Memorial for its next century of use. Following the announcement of a generous donation by philanthropist David Rubenstein in February, the National Park Service has announced that it will undertake important maintenance and preservation on the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial receives nearly eight million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital. Digital preservation work undertaken in 2013 by non-profit CyArk and engineering firm DJS Associates will provide a foundation for the 21st-century restoration. It will also serve as the basis for the work of architectural firm Quinn Evans, which has been tasked with creating a Building Information Model (BIM) of the monument’s current conditions.

“We are fortunate not to have to start from scratch in this effort,” said Mike Giller, Architectural Engineer and Project Manager for the forthcoming Lincoln project. “When we received word that the memorial would be getting a much-needed update, we immediately called up CyArk to get the data that was captured and archived three years prior.”

In December of 2013, CyArk collaborated with longtime partner DJS Associates, Inc. of Abington, Pa. to digitally preserve the Lincoln Memorial. They have been archiving and maintaining that data ever since.

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