Old Sheldon Church
During the Winter 2012 quarter, graduate students in the Digital Communication for Historic Preservation class documented the Old Sheldon Church ruins utilizing newer digital methods and developed a three-dimensional reconstruction of the historic 18th century colonial Anglican church. To achieve this goal, students documented the site utilizing a free photomodeling and photogrammetric tool developed by Autodesk, called 123D Catch and the Faro Focus 3D, a three-dimensional laser scanner. 123D Catch was able to produce a polygonal model of the ruins, while the Faro Focus collected highly precise point cloud data. The point cloud data was brought in to AutoCAD to create two dimensional drawings, which, at this point, are a more acceptable form of documentation in the preservation field. The two-dimensional CAD drawings were the basis for the reconstruction, which was completed in Google SketchUp. The synthesis of this data is a historically accurate, richly detailed, dynamic digital three-dimensional reconstruction, which can be repurposed for both pedagogical and academic applications.