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CyArk’s origin traces to the 1993 founding by Ben and Barbara Kacyra of Cyra Technologies, a pioneer in laser scanning systems. Cyra was acquired in 2001 by Leica Geosystems and shortly afterward the Kacyra’s founded CyArk, a non-profit with the mission to Digitally Preserve important world heritage sites utilizing the same technology the Kacyra’s brought to market a few years earlier. DJS Associates, Inc. is a full-service forensic consulting technology and animation firm, providing expertise in engineering, science, and medicine. DJS Associates has utilized Leica HDS laser scanners since 2003. CyArk and DJS Associates will present their on-going collaborations as part of CyArk’s Data Donation Program and discuss the importance and direct application of HDS technology in facilitating a sustainable relationship for the preservation of America’s National Mall & Memorial Parks (NAMA) in Washington, DC. The use of innovative 3D technology to digitally document the monuments and memorials associated with NAMA presents an excellent case in support of digital preservation, and highlights the strengths of incorporating public and private partnerships to achieve significant impact in heritage management, conservation, and education. With millions of visitors each year, NAMA is responsible for accurate and engaging public interaction, interpretation, and conservation, a great public responsibility that can be enhanced through 3D digital contributions and data archival. Because of the strong alignment between NAMA’s needs, CyArk’s capabilities as a 3D heritage archive, and DJS Associates’ expertise in HDS documentation and data processing, a joint partnership was formed to digitally preserve the Lincoln Memorial. The success of this pilot project led to further opportunities to seek and direct private funding towards the completion of a second digital preservation project at the Washington Monument. The captured 3D data has been stored in CyArk’s robust archive to protect an accurate and lasting record of these historic and iconic sites. Derivatives from this data are excellent resources for the development of site management plans, conservation and restoration materials, and educational content. Through continued efforts across the public and private sectors, the benefits of 3D technologies will grow far beyond the monuments of the National Mall.
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