Laser Scanning Cultural Heritage Surveying Methods
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage, Vol. 2, No 1, (2012), 205p-210p
The project demonstrates the use of modern technologies for preservation and presentation of the cultural and historical heritage. The idea is a database of cultural and historical heritage sites to be created applying three dimensional laser scanning technology and a combination of geodetic and photogrammetric methods and shooting techniques.
For the purposes of carrying out this project, we have focused on some heritage
sites in the central part of Sofia. We decided to include these particular buildings because of the fact that there is hardly another city in the world where
within a radius of 400 m are located four temples of different religions - Jewish,
Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic.
In the recent years, preservation of cultural heritage has been increasingly
linked to objectives of sustainable development. Today, it has become clear that
cultural heritage is also an economic resource that should be used for further
economic development (through compulsory preservation of its authentic cultural values). There has been a more active public debate on the role of cultural
heritage, regarding the following topics: improving the quality of life through
development of cultural tourism, leading to an increase of the employment rate,
constantly improving the business climate, etc. Cultural heritage preservation is
becoming one of the priority objectives of the urban development policy.
The focus has been shifted to new ways of preservation, mainly combinations
of sophisticated technological solutions and their application for the purposes of
preservation and dissemination of the cultural heritage.