ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2/W2, 213-220, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W2-213-2017
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16 Aug 2017
Terrestrial laser scanning for heritage conservation: the Cologne Cathedral documentation project
D. Pritchard1, J. Sperner2, S. Hoepner2, and R. Tenschert3 1EGIS, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
2Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln, Dombauhütte, Köln 50667, Germany
3Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany
Keywords: Terrestrial laser scanning, 3D, heritage conservation, Gothic architecture, Cologne Cathedral Abstract. Contemporary terrestrial laser scanners and photogrammetric imaging systems are an invaluable tool in providing objectively precise, as-built records of existing architectural, engineering and industrial sites. The comprehensive three-dimensional (3D) recording of culturally important sites such as heritage buildings, monuments, and sites can serve a variety of invaluable purposes; the data can assist in the conservation, management, and repair of a structure, as well as provide a visually engaging educational resource for both the public and scholars. The acquired data acts as a form of digital preservation, a timeless virtual representation of the as-built structure. The technical capability of these systems is particularly suited for the documentation of a richly articulated and detailed building such as the high Gothic Cologne Cathedral.

The 3D documentation of the Cologne Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site is a multiphase project developed by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in partnership with the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, and the Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln Dombauhütte. The project has also received generous support from Zoller + Fröhlich (Z+F) and the City of Cologne.

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Citation: Pritchard, D., Sperner, J., Hoepner, S., and Tenschert, R.: Terrestrial laser scanning for heritage conservation: the Cologne Cathedral documentation project, ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2/W2, 213-220, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W2-213-2017, 2017.

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