Transforming Heritage Documentation with Drones, LiDAR and Photogrammetry

Date: Thursday August 31, 2017
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Location: The Theatre (RB2200), Richcraft Hall

With co-presenter Brandon Montellato

The proliferation of low cost sensors and improved processing algorithms have dramatically changed cultural heritage documentation. This presentation will explore new methods with available technologies and provide a taste of the future.

CyArk is a non profit organization founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world’s cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for decades to come. Since inception CyArk has recorded over 200 monuments on all 7 continents. Using case studies from recent projects in South East Asia, CyArk will show how the combination of different sensor data on a massive scale is assisting those who work to manage and preserve these sites by providing engineering drawings and detailed maps to assist in critical conservation work and active management. The presentation will share how CyArk is striving to share this data in powerful ways, including truly immersive experiences that convey the power of these places, transporting users that may never have a chance to experience them and inspiring others to make the journey.

DJI is the market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. During the presentation, DJI will provide a glimpse into their R+D projects, showing how they are using new sensors to improve data collection navigation and efficiency and improve data accuracy and data processing.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Lee serves as Managing Director for CyArk, an international non-profit organization with the mission to capture, archive and share the world’s cultural heritage. Her expertise includes developing international partnerships in support of technology driven solutions for cultural heritage protection, education, and appreciation. Originally trained as an archaeologist with excavation experience in Turkey and Hungary, Elizabeth has been applying 3D technologies to the cultural field for over a decade.  She has extensive experience in working with foreign governments and local communities including cultural ministries and the United Nationals Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and top technology organizations including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Autodesk, Seagate, and Iron Mountain.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the US Chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). She was the 2015 Winner in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Place by Design competition.