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Aaslestad Preservation Consulting, LLC provides architects, preservationists, and building owners with high quality documentation that describes the existing conditions of built structures - in photographs and/or in CAD format, as measured drawings, high density point clouds, accurate 3-D models...
Peter Aaslestad is recognized in the U.S. as a pioneer in using photogrammetry to record historic structures as a consulting service to other architects, preservationists and property owners.
Drawing on his background in architecture & photography, Peter has documented the existing conditions of wide variety of structures - including ruins, the homes of presidents, entire neighborhoods, national landmarks and more in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
His consulting service offerings for preservation & design work include 3D scanning, creation of high density point clouds & 3D models, orthophotography, rectified photography, hybrid drawings, mosaic imaging, and accurate measured drawings in CAD format. These can include elevations, plans, sections, reflected ceiling plans that capture an describe a building's envelope and/or its interior spaces and surfaces.
Mr. Aaslestad has been a guest lecturer for the APT (Association for Preservation Technology), Columbia University, and the Universities of Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. In 2001, Mr. Aaslestad became an active member of the investigative team working to restore James Madison’s Montpelier. The groundbreaking work produced by this team was recognized in 2003 with the prestigious Paul E. Buchanan Award, presented by the Vernacular Architecture Forum.
Peter also contracts creative work as a designer & as a free lance photographer with works appearing in a variety of publications over his 25 year career.
- 3D Scanning
- Preservation Consulting
- 287 Broadway (NYC)
- 30403 Coffee Table (Design Collaboration)
- Blanton Residence (Design Project)
- Bob White Bridge – Woolwine, VA
- Child’s Restaurant
- Cosmos Club Ballroom
- Fayette County Courthouse
- First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
- Fort Sumter
- Franklin and Marshall College
- Grace Church (NYC)
- Harry Lee Hall at Quantico
- Hill-Stead Museum
- James Madison’s Montpelier
- Luzerne County Courthouse
- Maria Mitchell House in Nantucket
- Mercersburg Academy
- Meridian Hill Park
- New Castle Town Hall – New Castle, DE
- Park Avenue Armory (7th Regiment Armory)
- Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building
- Quai Vauban (France)
- Saline Royal | Claude-Nicolas Ledoux
- Temple Beth-El – Jersey City, NJ
- The New Jersey Statehouse
- The North Carolina State Capitol
- The Old Senate Chamber at the Maryland State Capitol
- The Roxboro House
- The Stone House at the Newtown History Center
- The Tomb of the Unknowns
- The Westory Building in Washington, DC
- Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville, NY
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Union University
- Vladivostok (Russia)
- War Memorial Auditorium (Nashville)
- Wilson Addition (Design Project)
Below is a photo I shot a few years back of the second residence of the Dooley family (of Maymont in Richmond). This building sits atop Afton Mountain on the Blue Ridge. How I wish it were still a part of Maymont – and shown the same amount of care and stewardship. It is such a shame that it sits there neglected… How I would love to make a careful set of drawings of this beauty…
Over the month of October we’ve been collecting scans throughout the Maymont Mansion in Richmond in order to create a whole house scan and a detailed set of measured drawings in support of a comprehensive HSR being prepared by Preservation Design Partnership in Philadelphia. Here are a few screen shots of the progress:
I have been neglecting updates on my website, even though I’ve been doing some interesting work!
2016 has been extremely busy with large projects at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC and in San Antonio, TX (above). I’ve also had a chance to do some design work for two restaurant installations here in Virginia – “The Store” and “Chicano Boy”.
Plus I had a nice show of photographs of Portsmouth Island, NC that has been hanging in Ocracoke all summer.
That’s all for now – just wanted to post something😉
This is certainly the most complicated structure (series of structures) I have ever been charged with measuring and drawing. And it is BIG! I had to approach it globally as one giant cloud to create a set of master control points from which I could extract smaller set of local control points for higher resolution point clouds reflecting sub sets of the whole. Then I could create these and add them back to the whole.
Just quickly sharing a recent project snap shot showing the versatility of the field work techniques we’ve developed over the years. These are two screen grabs from a set of drawings being prepared as underlay information for a new design in an attic space that is difficult (and uncomfortable) to measure and draw. These line drawings were prepared from a series of photographs that had been modeled into a 3-D point cloud from which RGB forthophotographs were extracted to help enrich the line work.
Neglecting the website/blog has gone on too long. I’ve been doing a lot of work since last fall but none of it has made it onto this page! So, just to break the ice, so to speak, I decided to grab share an orthophoto from a favorite place to many.
This orthophoto was composed of infrared shots of this famous trio of buildings in the heart of New Orleans. I grabbed these when I was visiting the city and looking at the possibility of creating a high res (both spatial and temporal) 3D model of the entire French Quarter for use as a planning and preservation tool.
Anyway, stay tuned and I’ll try to share some of the recent work soon.
In summer 2015 I collaborated with the team of architects and engineers studying Main Hall at VSDB. Another company was used for laser scanning in order to prepare floor plans of the building and adequate line drawings for the elevations. I was asked to prepare orthophotos describing the masonry surfaces of the building’s exterior to establish detailed overview of the the various “as found” conditions this historic structure.
Some of the areas were challenging to access visually. The sample above is taken from a rather narrow courtyard or light well. It is a composite formed from dozens of close up shots collected from available photo stations.