University of Southampton OCS (beta), CAA 2012

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The Scottish Ten project
Adam Matthew Frost

Last modified: 2012-02-22


The Scottish Ten project is an international conservation and documentation effort that employs a highly precise 3D laser scanning methodology, seeking to create a record of 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 5 Scottish sites of historical importance. Led by Historic Scotland in collaboration with the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art, the project will protect and record heritage sites which are continually under threat from destructive anthropogenic and natural processes. The resultant data will enable a unique level of access to the scanned sites, and will hopefully have a wide number of applications for the future, including use as interpretive and educational aids.

The scope, methodology and expected outcomes of the project will address a number of issues that define current concerns within digital humanities. Key challenges such as the archiving of laser scan data, its presentation and use in 3D modelling, and how emerging laser scanning standards within the heritage community can integrate with the project will be highlighted. These are examples of why the Scottish Ten project has become a platform for engaging with cutting edge digital archaeology research and setting precedents in survey and conservation efforts on an international scale. This poster will display excerpts of current data and visualisations from the project, putting each site into context and providing a synoptic assessment of the many objectives and issues affecting each site.


Laser scanning, digital documentation, world heritage sites