Architect Using 3D Tech To Preserve, Rebuild Historic Tulsa

By Emory Bryan,
Jan 19, 2015, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma – A downtown Tulsa architect, intent on saving what’s here, is using a new tool on the city’s oldest buildings. It’s helping a preservationist decide what can be preserved.

Chris Lilly is an architect who never really gets to start from scratch – and that’s the way he likes it. He works in places like old warehouses that are sturdy enough for preservation and renovation, where no blueprints exist.

That’s where a machine comes in – a 3-D scanner that Lilly believes is uniquely able to determine what’s there.

“If you come out with a tape measure and a piece of paper, you’re only going to capture a small segment of what actually exists on a jobsite,” said Chris Lilly, Lilly Architects.

In eight minutes – the scanner can measure everything in a room – millions of times. With cones as reference points – the scans of different rooms are digitally connected to measure buildings inside and out. Read more…

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