The Digitisation and Preservation of Welsh Heritage

Julian Hainswoth; John Caroll

1University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, ALEX Design Exchange, Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DU;  Julian.Hainsworth@uwtsd.ac.uk

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, ALEX Design Exchange, Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DU; John.Carroll@uwtsd.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract 

This project aims to digitally preserve for future generations a Welsh heritage site or monument that is at risk from (further) damage or destruction from such factors as (but not limited to): coastal erosion, rising sea levels, urban expansion or vandalism. This will be accomplished by utilising currently available and affordable 3D scanning tools and techniques to create a 3D digital version of the site or monument that can be stored in digital space for current and future generations to access and utilise. A major benefit of digitally preserving heritage sites and monuments is that the method is non-destructive and will leave the original site untouched, so that the current generation can continue to enjoy, learn from and appreciate the site in its existing state.

The project’s secondary aim is to test a variety of currently available and affordable 3D scanning tools and techniques, such as stereo camera scanning and photogrammetry, and assess their ability and accuracy in digitising heritage sites and monuments. This will allow future studies and projects in this area to be of low economic cost to the institutions that wish to partake with them.