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Historical Preservation

Historical-PreservationHistorical sites, monuments, and artifacts weigh great importance to the preservation of many unique cultures and customs. It also keeps us curious and creative. There are different ways 3D Laser Scanning Technology can be used, including:

Historical Preservation

Preserve a digital record of historical or archaeological sites threatened with destruction due to age, flooding, vandalism, or terrorism.


Capture extensive dimensions and features of structures scheduled for renovation or restoration. Useful as both a planning tool and a historical record.


Create a digital representation of sites, monuments, and features that can be electronically stored and transmitted and made immediately and conveniently available for a variety of purposes.

We’ve traveled the world to support the historical preservation of some of the most significant archeological and cultural treasures; here are a few.


Carillon Tower – Belle Isle



Great Lakes Geomatics was contracted to provide a complete laser scan of the Carillon Tower located on historic Belle Isle. The purpose of the laser scan was to provide a contiguous colored point cloud to create a model in Revit Architecture. The dense scans allowed the architect to create a fine detailed model of the tower that showed the decorative cornice work and define areas in need of restoration.

Chichén Itza – Yucatán, Mexico

chichen-itza-1The ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá was recently inducted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. In 2007 our team, in association with CyArk, created a complete digital database of El Caracol, one of the oldest standing observatories in the Americas.

chichen-itza-2The project also involved laser scanning of other important structures at the site, including El Castillo, the Temple of Warriors, Osario, the Grand Ball Court, the Venus Platform, and the Nunnery. GLG laser scans from Chichén Itza are currently featured in a full-dome planetarium movie “Tales of the Maya Skies” at the Chabot Space & Science Center in San Francisco.



Tiger Stadium – Detroit

detroit-tiger-stadiumDeclared a State of Michigan Historic Site in 1975, Tiger Stadium, “at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull,” was the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team from 1912 to 1999.

Prior to its demolition in 2009, our team created a 70GB digital laser scan database of the entire structure, along with an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey. Over 300 individual laser scans produced over 50 million data points of this facility. Future work will include creating a 3D model to completely document this historical Detroit landmark that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tudor Place – Historic Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

tudor ronnyAs part of an ongoing preservation and restoration plan, the U.S. Tudor Place Foundation contracted us to create a digital record of the building. The resulting laser scan database and architectural drawings were placed in the CyArk 3D Heritage Archive.

Overlooking the Potomac River, Tudor Place (built in 1805) was the home of Thomas Peter, son of the first mayor of Georgetown, and his wife Martha Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington. The architect, William Thornton, was self-taught and also has the original design of the United States Capitol and The Octagon to his credit. Tudor Place is recognized as an outstanding early example of American neoclassical architecture.



Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

P1070761DSC_3574We teamed up with Autodesk and Leica Geosystems to provide 3D laser scanning and a GPS survey of Easter Island.

The project scope included laser scanning of Moai, caves, and many other archeologically significant locations. The team also prepared topographic surveys of key areas for Chile’s Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) and for the Rapa Nui Historical Preservation Society. The surveys and scanning data are being used for planning infrastructure development that will be compatible with historic preservation and the continuing growth of the tourist industry.

GREAT LAKES GEOMATICS can support your project with complete land surveying, laser scanning services, and UAV (drone) services. 

Call us today at (586) 755-5770.