Preserving Architectural History

Orthographic Projection of the Cooper Molera Adobe
Orthographic projection of the historic Cooper Molera Adobe

Historic preservation projects are some of the most important and valued projects in the A/E/C/O industry. The preservation process allows architects and designers to maintain and increase the lifetime of the world’s most treasured locations.

The National Park Service defines historic preservation as “a conversation with our past about our future.”

Buildings and historic locations tell stories and teach us about the past, present and future. It is crucial that these locations remain in good condition so they can continue to inspire designers and intrigue visitors for years to come.

Due to the complexity and age of these projects, A/E/C/Os need to know what exists within their projects. Implementing proven scanning and documentation methods prior to the renovation process can significantly enhance the design and preservation process.

How can A/E/C/Os improve historic preservation projects?

A 3D-scanning digital record benefits A/E/C/Os by providing unprecedented accuracy and details on existing conditions. This information supports decisions from any and all parties involved, regardless of technical abilities. Accurate existing conditions documentation gives design and construction professionals access to site conditions from anywhere in the world, on any device. Eliminating concerns about site conditions allows the entire team to focus on what they do best and have confidence in their decisions. Three-dimensional digital records can also be used anytime in the future for scope changes, RFIs, BIM coordination, insurance claims, marketing, virtual reality, building maintenance and more.

What can A/E/C/Os do to ensure the preservation process is successful?

For owners, the first step is to have a building documentation company capture a 3D digital record of the existing conditions. Traditional record drawings rarely suffice for the renovation of historical preservation projects. Laser scanning offers the most accurate and efficient way to capture and archive the entire project for current and future use. A single set of accurate data helps architects, engineers and contractors to fully understand the project site. The 3D digital record streamlines communication between all parties involved, resulting in a project that’s under budget and on time.

What are some crucial deliverables for the (preservation) design process?

To help preserve historic locations, point clouds are generated from 3D laser scanning, which can drastically improve the preservation process. This information can be used to generate construction drawings, preservation drawings, BIM: The Parallel Universe (LOD 100–500), and virtual site access (VSA)  while also serving as a historical record for future needs.

Getting Started

For more information about our historic preservation projects, check out our Projects page. Epic Scan provides the best balance of quality, time and cost to accurately and comprehensively record historical preservation projects. Give us a call at 415.524.0516 or email us at with any questions regarding your preservation or renovation projects.

2 thoughts on “Preserving Architectural History

  • This is very informative. We totally agree with these methods. I have hundreds of pics from Italy, France, Spain, and throughout Europe taken in an effort the always be true to correct Architectural excellence while working all over the Florida peninsula usually on the coastline.

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