Here I am posting a few drawings from a project completed about 18 months ago. These drawings depict the existing conditions of the Luzerne County Courthouse which is located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. More on the building can be found here. I prepared these for a team of architects and engineers who were to conduct a survey of these surfaces in preparation for an extensive masonry and stone rehabilitation project. It is a beautiful building with a grand atrium reaching up through the building. I also did drawings of this interior space.
I am posting these to show that, for all the value of rectified imagery, point clouds, three dimensional models – sometimes the most apt documentation is the relatively “old school” approach of using 2-D drawings to depict 3-D conditions through plan elevation and section. In the end, the documents that I have prepared for clients over the years have had to pass this test: Will these drawings help my team to communicate easily together when assessing and discussing the problems and solutions at hand with a given building? Will these drawings help me to accuractly assess the scope of work involve – and, will I beable to use them to communicate with and direct the contractors in the field who are doing the actual work to the building?
Earlier this week I was giving a presentation to students at the University of Virginia. I started off showing them work that I did 15 years ago when everything was more or less analog in nature, later showing how fantastic it is now to be able to merge raster and vector data together digitally. And then I thought of these drawings and how deftly drawings can handle such complex forms with precision and efficiency. As an industry, we are doubtless moving towards wider use of three dimensional modeling and Building Information Modeling (BIM) – yet I admit to having a fondness for the “old school” approach that I cut my teeth on, so to speak.