The 3D Digitization of the World Trade Center Wreck

Author(s): Christopher Dostal

Year: 2017


Accurate documentation of cultural heritage materials is the lynchpin for all aspects of archaeological investigation. When it comes to the reconstruction and interpretation of shipwrecks, this is especially true. The more accurate and true to life the documentation is, the more accurate the interpretation and reconstruction of a ship will be. The methods by which ships have been documented have evolved rapidly over the years, though each new and innovative method is tied to foundational principals of reconstruction. Building on the innovative work that others have done in this field, this paper demonstrates a methodology for recording individual ship timbers with highly accurate laser scanning, converting these scans to CAD bodies, and then using the CAD bodies to virtually reassemble the ship.

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The 3D Digitization of the World Trade Center Wreck. Christopher Dostal. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435679)


3D Documentation WTC

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 512