Streetscape Methodology

This is a screenshot from AutoCAD: The lower image is a series of rectified, scalable images of the east side of Augusta Street in Staunton, VA - with an aerial view of the same street grabbed from Google Earth inserted above.

This week I have been developing a methodology for capturing and representing a large volume of structures quickly as I will be doing a project charged with just this task next week in the Russian sea port city Vladivostok. Above is the sample streetscape I created using Augusta Street in Staunton as my test subject.  The photography work took about 15 minutes. I did not use a surveying rod as I typically do, nor did I collect control dimensions with my laser.  In stead, I scaled my model using dimensions extracted from satellite imagery available on Google Earth. I was looking to find a way to obtain accuracy sufficient for 1:200 prints that was also very fast.  To check my work I measured a distance from the model prepared in this way and checked it with the real world conditions. Incredibly, the error was 1/4″!

Scalable at 1/16"=1'-0" when printed at 300 dpi

Above is an individual image extracted from the group that comprises the streetscape. As noted the photo will behave like a measured drawing at the ratio of 1:192 when printed at 300dpi – which means that it is 1:96, or 1/8″=1′-0″ when printed at 150dpi and so on… My opinion is that this is very good considering how fast I made myself complete this work!

The streetscape in my test project represents about 1,000 linear feet. It will help me to extrapolate what can be achieved when tasked with documenting an entire historic district under tight time constraints.

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