The Use of Photogrammetric Methods for Historic Preservation

Presenters: Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Megan Jacobs, Assistant Professor, Media Arts Department, New Mexico Highlands University; Joy Montoya, Graduate Student in Media Arts at New Mexico Highlands University; Greg Williamson, Graduate Student in Computer Science at New Mexico Highlands University In summer 2012, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum embarked on a pilot program with student interns from the Cultural Technology Program at New Mexico Highlands University. The program aims to test the practicality of using advanced digital imaging technologies—stereo photogrammetry and reflec- tance transformation imaging—on historic structures, furnishings, and works of art. The project will also test how entry level professionals can apply some of these algorithmic imaging methods in field conditions to scientifically document and monitor deterioration in both cultural heritage sites and cultural collections. This collaborative project will yield open data that will be made accessible to other heritage sites that may consider emulating this method. Presented Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Museum Computer Network conference in Seattle, WA.