With 53 volcanoes the Philippines are a significant part of the the Pacific Ring of Fire. In addition to this threat they must also deal with cyclones and earthquakes on a regular basis.
In October of 2013 a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol leaving centuries-old churches in rubble, with only postcards and photographs left to remember them by.
To keep the same from happening to other historical structures, 3D technology specialists DigiScript Philippines is using 3D laser scanning to document UNESCO World Heritage Sites so they can be restored faithfully should disaster strike again.
The firm’s project with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) covers the four Baroque churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period: Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin Church in Intramuros, and Miagao Church in Iloilo.
The Spanish colonial town of Vigan, particularly the Vigan Cathedal, Simbaan a Basit, and the Archbishop’s Palace, are also being scanned.
“You just feel wow, this has been here for generations. But you also feel proud also that you’re doing your part in helping preserve part of history, and help preserve it for future generations,” Ponzi Alampay, President of the firm said. “We want to push that advocacy even more, or that awareness even more.”
The project began in May last year and is set to wrap up in March of this year.
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