3D Scanning of the Cottage

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 9: An academic team is making a 3D scan using lasers of Abraham Lincoln's cottage at the old soldiers home, on January, 09, 2015 in Washington, DC. From left are Michael Rogers, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Ithica College, Kevin Coldren and Evan van de Wall, both physics students. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 9 (Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

A team from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Ithaca College will conduct a 3D laser scan of President Lincoln’s Cottage, 150 years after he last set foot inside the home. The resulting images will provide a complete 3D rendering that will document existing conditions and support future preservation projects.

January 7, 2015. Now through January 14, Dr. Michael Rogers and Dr. Scott Stull are leading a 3D laser scanning team of undergraduate researchers from Ithaca College to survey the interior and exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s beloved seasonal home and the only designated National Monument in Washington, D.C. Using a Leica C-10 3D laser scanner that takes 50,000 readings per second, the 3D high resolution scanning will record all aspects of the building. Images collected from the scanning will support preservation research, potentially impacting historical interpretation and public outreach at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Members of the press are invited to two special sessions to observe and record the 3D laser scanning in action.

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