Friday, August 17, 2012

Investigation Update: Photogrammetric survey of the OSC

Yesterday, Peter Aaslestad of Aaslestad Preservation Consulting LLC visited the Old Senate Chamber to survey the space using architectural photogrammetry, the practice of obtaining information about physical objects through the process of recording, measuring, and interpreting photographic images. 

Peter Aaslestad performing photogrammetry in the OSC, August 2012.
This practice is most commonly associated with the production of topographic images through aerial survey, but it is also ideally suited for the survey and measurement of historic buildings. The benefits of photogrammetry include: it is non-intrusive; it is ideal for recording data of a complex nature; a high level of accuracy is achievable; the use of digital data ensures total flexibility across a multitude of platforms;  it is cost-effective;  and photographs may be archived and compared over time.

Peter Aaslestad is an internationally recognized historic preservation consultant specializing in the use of architectural photogrammetry with over 20 years experience. His work utilizes the newest available technologies, coupled with his deep understanding of traditional building techniques, to accurately document and interpret historic structures.

Surveying the gallery wall.

We are very excited to have Mr. Aaslestad and the firm of Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker, LLP on board for this project. They are a nationally recognized architectural firm with over 40 years experience in the discipline of historic preservation. Projects the firm has received awards for include: Poplar Forest, Lynchburg, Virginia – restoration and reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson’s retreat from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange, Virginia – investigation and documentation of the mansion’s original configuration – the Buchanan Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and many more.

Stay tuned! There will be a  future blog entry detailing the results of Mr. Aaslestad's visit to the Old Senate Chamber. 

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