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:
Section: different scans are shown by different colors
Elevation: set to “transparent” – seeing though the house
Plan: one slice through the assembled scans
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 😉
Blast Furnace Point Cloud
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.
Key Plan diagram
Plan drawing with framing
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.
Orthophoto of the Cabildo – St. Louis Cathedral – Presbetère facing Jackson Square
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.
Sample Orthophoto of Region 7.1 ( greatly reduced)
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.
Key Plan to regions for orthophotography
Another quick post for a project from summer 2015. I prepared these measured drawings to serve as the basis for designing some changes to accommodate changes in usage of the building.
Whenever a building has a complex roof structure with lots of dormers I am especially thankful for the tool of photogrammetry which helps both augment quality AND keep the project on budget.