|1917 Harley Davidson|
HSJ Collection Center
|Southern Pacific #1215|
Courtesy History San Jose
While I'm really excited about the our ability to bring these artifacts out of the warehouse and online for everyone to view, it is important that we keep in mind the importance of properly documenting the historic items. It would be easy to put together some 3D scans, texture map it and package it as an exhibit. However, the records we are developing are the digital blueprints of the buildings and artifacts that we are charged with preserving for future generations; detailed and accurate documentation is critical to the success of the project.
In some instances the size and dimensions of the artifact(s) may influence the technology and documentation processes required for the job. Standard laser scanners are perfect for much of the work we have planned. However, smaller items require different techniques when creating a digital record. In those instances hand held laser scanners, 3D/HD cameras, standard laser scanners are all part of the equation. Some artifacts will require a combination of all the three technologies/techniques to properly document them.