The Hanoitimes - Seagate Technology, a US data storage company, and US-based non-profit CyArk have agreed to jointly digitally preserve Tu Duc Tomb and An Dinh Palace in the Complex of Hue Monuments in the former imperial Hue city.
The information was announced by a Seagate Technology representative on June 26. Accordingly, this project, approved by the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee, commenced earlier this month in cooperation with the Hue Monuments Conservation Center (HMCC).
All data and images captured from the field exercise will be turned into photo-real 3D models to help enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the research, conservation and restoration of Hue Monuments.
Hue use photo-real 3D models to digitally preserve the historical monuments.
Hue Monuments was selected by CyArk, an international non-profit organization, as part of their international program for digital preservation through aerial surveys conducted with drones, terrestrial laser scanning known as LiDAR, and photogrammetry exercises.
CyArk will be producing 3D models and architectural drawings to aid the HMCC in the ongoing conservation and management of the site.
Meanwhile, Seagate supports CyArk both in the field and the office with its data-storage solutions. These devices ensure that the massive 3D capture data files from the field are safely backed up, centralised, and ready for processing to create detailed maps and architectural drawings that aid in the conservation of heritage sites.
The stored data is also used to create exciting, interactive virtual reality experiences for Vietnamese tourists and academics alike while helping to preserve the design and architecture of Hue Monuments’ ancient buildings and structures facing the ravages of time.
The final production of CyArk’s project, including all the photos taken with drones, LiDAR and the introduction clip about Tu Duc Tomb and An Dinh Palace will be stored and processed for architectural work, which will help in the research, conservation and restoration of these monuments, according to Phan Thanh Hai, Director of HMCC
“This project raises the awareness both of the cultural value of Hue as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the importance of preserving world cultural heritage,” said Hai.