History & Culture

Seven Rajasthan monuments get digital protection

JAIPUR: For a state with rich heritage as Rajasthan, preservation, in view of rapid urbanisation and consequent destruction of its historical monuments, has become paramount.

Moving a step beyond physical preservation, the government has started digital preservation of its heritage in a one-of-its-kind project in the country, reports The Times of India.

The project, which began in the last quarter of 2016, has already digitally scanned seven historical monuments, inch by inch on a 1:1 scale, to be preserved for posterity.

“Preservation involves a unique set of challenges as one of the most crucial facets of the process is to keep the cultural heritage intact. Several projects have been undertaken across the globe to preserve culture and heritage. Taking the lead in India, Rajasthan, which is home to ancient forts and architectural marvels, is preserving them to attract more tourists with the help of architectural model and 3D walk-through videos. These are interactive and have informative games weaved around them. These will help students and history lovers know more about the culture and heritage of Rajasthan in a fun way,” said Akhil Arora, commissioner & principal secretary, Department of Information Technology & Communication (DoIT&C).

Technically supported by DoIT&C and Autodesk Inc, this is a novel initiative to recreate heritage structures through the LiDAR scanning technology using 3D with special cameras fixed on drones.

According to the department, it is more a digital preservation on a large scale where building information modeling (BIM) will provide accurate measurement of structures.

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