Guidance document published

After years of work, we are happy to share the news that our Guidance Document is ready for download here: DOI: [10.17631/rd-2022-0005-dprac]

This guide shows how terrestrial 3D laser scanning (3DLS, also known as LiDAR) and photography can support post-earthquake recovery operations. Understanding post-disaster recovery includes several dimensions – economic, social, and physical – this guide focuses on the documentation of the physical aspects of built heritage, which contribute towards the emotional attachment that communities have had with their places over the years. In this regard, 3DLS and photography allow the accurate recording and documentation of traditional settlements, which is of the greatest importance for a comprehensive assessment of damage and risk. This is due to the visual and metric evidence it gathers, creating a virtual record of a living heritage (e.g. the continuously evolving traditional practices of a culture or community, as well as the knowledge systems they make), and offering communities the chance to appreciate their heritage from a new perspective and be empowered by learning about this technology. In the long term, this tool can support the development of culturally sensitive post-earthquake recovery, which does not infringe on or neglect the traditional way of life and socio-cultural practices. The application of this guidance document before and after seismic events can increase the number of heritage buildings conserved and the quality of their conservation, thereby mitigating risks to these buildings and human lives, and improving public policies.

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