There are more than a thousand places and monuments in the world considered world heritage sites. But, believe it or not, their preservation is not always guaranteed. Many of them are located in areas at risk from war or natural disasters. However, some experts, thanks to the help of Google and its 3D scanning technology, seem to have found a feasible solution to reach them and immortalize them. The main objective is to be able to document them in case they had to be rebuilt in case of demolition.
Thanks to 3D scanning, it is possible to capture all kinds of buildings and objects with “millimetric accuracy”. This system is faster and more accurate than traditional methods and less intrusive, as drones allow aerial photography without the need to break into buildings or build scaffolding.
All this is done through the Open Heritage project, which was born in collaboration with the NGO CyArk, founded by Ben Kacyra, and which aims to create a digital archive free of access for preservation and education.
27 monuments have already been registered thanks to Google and its 3D scanning technology
Open Heritage has already registered 27 assets from 18 different countries. A list that, according to the Google “was selected in order to show a wide range of types of cultural heritage around the world”. Among others, Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Azm Palace in Syria have been registered.
Although the project has been applauded by many, there are still some experts who have found loose ends in it.
The majority criticizes that many of the monuments registered are not in a real risk situation. In this sense, many do not understand why architectural works from Nepal are not registered and why the Brandenburg Gate in Germany is not.
Google and the NGO CyArk guarantees that every historical monument will be registered
To all the before-mentioned doubts, both Kacyra from NGO CyArk and Google have replied that the idea is that, in a few years from now, “much of the world’s architectural art will be registered” since monuments that are not in danger of collapsing will be damaged, and “it is interesting to know how to remodel them if necessary” with the recorded 3D scanning.