Digitising the mighty Taj Mahal

Chapter 2: A scanning partnership

A scanning partnership

In October 2015, Krusche and a team of engineers and students travelled to India to document the Taj Mahal. Using the Leica ScanStation P20 and Cyclone software, they captured portions of the tomb up to 1 millimetre accuracy to obtain the spatial information necessary to analyse the state of the structural stability.

The team represented the Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA), an organisation committed to studying and preserving heritage sites around the world, such as the Taj Mahal. In partnership with the Archaelogical Society of India (ASI), the two organisations were able to discern, thankfully, no damage had occurred to the structure.

The ASI supervising archeologist on the project, Bhuvan Vikrama, was impressed with Leica Geosystems laser scanning technology.

“We collaborated with Dr. Krusche because she had the right mix of technology and expertise on the comprehensive digital mapping, which will be crucial for the future conservation and preservation of the Taj Mahal,” he said.

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Story: Digitising the mighty Taj Mahal
Chapter 1: Preserving a national treasure
Chapter 2: A scanning partnership
Chapter 3: Simplified scanning for learning

Reporter 75 - June 2016

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