3D Modelling

3D Photogrammetry and Mobile Mapping

We use 3D photogrammetry to create detailed 3D models of complete buildings or specific building features. As well as embracing this technology we also record complex 3D data using the latest Mobile Mapping technology.

3D Photogrammetry

3D Photogrammetric recording of cultural heritage is a revolutionary development in archaeology. Its impact over recent years due to the advent of affordable photogrammetric tools has resulted in an Historic England guidance document specific to the technique.

At The Heritage Advisory, we have fully embraced this technology as part of our heritage survey and analysis. Efficient data acquisition and expert processing create meticulously accurate, fully textured 3D models of archaeology, historic buildings and their settings.

3D model of a window wall

Our 3D Modelling Team

We have a specialist team to produce high-quality 3D models that can be archived or analysed, as well as manipulated to produce orthographic and rectified images, 2D and 3D CAD drawings.

The team is fully trained and equipped to capture photogrammetric images with capabilities in both handheld and remotely operated high definition cameras, as well as from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Using the technique, we can produce highly accurate elevation drawings of historic buildings showing the elaborate detailing and textures of wood, terracotta and stonework.

3D Model Examples

Our photogrammetric surveys are versatile, highly practical recordings of built heritage in its context. We can produce detailed, 3D models of complete buildings, historically significant facades and roof structures etc., where individual structural and/or decorative elements can be seen and drawn.

Our stone-by-stone or brick-by-brick drawings produced from 3D Photogrammetry have a higher level of accuracy than many traditional methods of recording, whilst proving much more cost-efficient. We also produce high-resolution, rectified imagery using photogrammetry.

Holy Trinity Bridge, Crowland, Lincolnshire

The model below shows Crowland Bridge which is unique in Britain. Built in 1360-90 by the Benedictine brethren over tributaries of the Nene and the Welland it now stands high and dry near the market place. It is formed of three pointed half-arches in the form of a triangle and on the south arm is a seated figure in stone said to be variously of Christ in Majesty and of King Elthelbald, founder of Crowland Abbey (Historic England).

3D Mobile Mapping

We also use the latest Mobile Mapping technology for recording complex 3D data using handheld laser scanners that provides accurate 3D models of any indoor, underground or difficult to access environment.

Although this technology is still relatively new in archaeology, engineers and geospatial professionals are using this globally. We deploy this for faster data capturing of interiors of historic buildings and producing 3D points clouds that can be manipulated to create accurate 2D and 3D CAD drawings.