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Scan to BIM Preserves History

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Scan to BIM Preserves History

When modern survey technology meets historic baseball, the result is the preservation of both, the achievements of a cultural icon and the Kansas City house he formerly called home. The residence holds historic significance as LeRoy “Satchel” Paige was the first African-American pitcher to play in a World Series game during his 1948 season with the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians). In 1971, he was the first representative of the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. TREKK is proud to bring LiDAR technology and scan to BIM documentation to assist in the restoration of the 1910 structure back to life as a museum honoring Satchel Paige.

From the TREKK newsletter.

In May 2022, TREKK provided high-definition imagery and 3D colorized LiDAR data of the three-story, 3,672 square foot Satchel Paige residence for historical recordation and redevelopment. The interior and exterior static scan data was used to create a Building Information Modeling (BIM) model.

TREKK LiDAR technicians, Barry Kindsfather and Warren Digman, spent six hours documenting the built structure, collecting 107 color scans using the static LiDAR RTC 360 scanner so that the architects could redevelop the home to include exhibition and retail spaces, incubator offices, and rentable meeting rooms.

“The house is remarkable with all the features it has,“ remarked Kindsfather. But despite its attributes, it was difficult to obtain floor plans and document the architectural features that were left behind from a 2018 fire, leaving the residence with major damage.

“The biggest challenge we faced was the temporary electricity was disconnected,” said Kindsfather. “We brought in a generator and hooked to the temporary lights on each floor. There were a total of four levels; a basement; the main floor with the kitchen, dining and living rooms; a second level with five bedrooms and two bathrooms; and a full attic with several extra rooms.”

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