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Preservation Technology Lab captures 3D Scan of Low Library

January 21, 2020
The Preservation Technology Laboratory recently completed a 3D laser scan of the second-floor lobby of Low Memorial Library on Columbia University’s Morningside campus. The interior, which was designated a New York City Landmark in 1981, is currently under restoration to preserve the building’s historic intent and aesthetics. Using a FARO 3D laser scanner, the laboratory captured decorative details of the ornate plaster ceiling and gilded column capitals of the landmark.
Preservation Technology Laboratory
The Preservation Technology Laboratory re-opened in 2019 as a resource for Historic Preservation students and faculty, enabling cutting-edge research in preservation digital technology, materials science, and aesthetics. The lab is equipped with digital technology capacities, new scanning equipment, advanced data processing hardware and software, and non-destructive probing equipment.